The federal government took Monday off for Columbus Day, but still managed to pack more than 50 new regulations into a short week.
On to the data:
- Last week, 52 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 62 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 14 minutes.
- So far in 2014, 2,870 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,570 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
- Last week, 990 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 62,528 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 77,772 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.
- 237 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2014, 546 new rules affect small businesses; 80 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- No Man’s Land Island, Massachusetts is no longer a restricted area, according to the FAA.
- The EPA is liberalizing its sulfur handling regulations for the state of Florida.
- The United States Postal Service has a legal monopoly on first class mail service. A new rule ”prohibits the Postal Service from taking certain actions that might provide it with unfair competitive advantages.” But the rule leaves most the obvious unfair advantage—monopoly—intact.
- New certifications for green federal buildings.
- The Coast Guard updated its policies for fireworks at Pittsburgh Steeler games.
- In light of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC decision, the Federal Election Commission is removing its aggregate campaign contribution limit for donors to federal candidates.