CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Friday’s Federal Register, the last before the Easter holiday, contained 1,005 pages, 14 final regulations, 9 proposed regulations, and an impressive 119 agency notices. New rules for the week cover everything from tomatoes to dockworkers.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 53 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 66 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 10 minutes.
  • With 708 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,052 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 2,109 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,683 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 17,029 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 73,401 pages. The 2015 Federal Register had an adjusted page count of 81,611.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Six such rules have been published so far in 2016, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $629 million to $1.46 billion.
  • 65 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 133 new rules affect small businesses; 22 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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