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:
- The federal government has a Florida Tomato Committee. It approved a tax cut for local tomato growers.
- Safety tests for architectural glazing materials.
- Dolphin safety measures for tuna fishermen.
- A loosening of customs rules for flights to and from Cuba.
- OSHA standards for eye and face protection for dockworkers.
- Don’t breathe in crystalline silica.
- The Defense Department has a quota for how much it buys must be American-made.
- Oversight and reporting requirements for the SNAP program.