CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Even with a mid-term election coming up next month, agencies are cranking out a dozen or so new regulations every workday. The federal government also announced that, having solved all other problems, it will be holding a Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 62 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 79 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 43 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 2,818 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,576 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,503 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 61,538 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 78,094 pages. This would be the 6th-largest page count since the Federal Register began publication in 1936.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 34 such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $7.62 billion to $10.87 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • 231 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 538 new rules affect small businesses; 79 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

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