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This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Air travelers no longer have to wear masks, although the decision is being appealed. Having solved all of the state’s other problems, Florida Republicans passed an anti-Disney law. Agencies issued new regulations ranging from bottled water to replica cars.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 41 final regulations last week, after 68 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every four hours and six minutes.
  • With 966 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,096 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 31 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 45 the previous week.
  • With 690 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,211 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021, and 2,094 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 526 notices last week, after 432 notices the previous week.
  • With 7,007 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,503 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,458.
  • Last week, 1,809 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,809 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 312 pages.
  • With 24,266 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 77,776 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are 10 such rules so far in 2021, none from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 32 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021 and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far ranges from net savings of $1.14 billion to $3.74 billion. However, this figure is incomplete. Not all such rules issued this year give the required cost estimates.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from net costs of $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 76 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 244 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021 and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 265 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 849. Twenty-eight of them are significant, on pace for 90.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet was sunk. Baseball season began, marking the unofficial start of spring. Agencies issued new regulations ranging from Potato Board membership to pesticide performance.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 68 final regulations last week, after 68 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
  • With 930 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,168 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 45 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 45 the previous week.
  • With 659 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,257 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021, and 2,094 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 432 notices last week, after 502 notices the previous week.
  • With 6,571 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,503 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,809 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,419 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 312 pages.
  • With 22,809 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 77,199 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are 10 such rules so far in 2021, one from the past week.
  • That is on pace for 34 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021 and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far ranges from net savings of $1.14 billion to $3.74 billion. However, this figure is incomplete. Not all such rules issued this year give the required cost estimates.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from net costs of $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 72 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 247 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021 and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 256 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 877. Twenty-six of them are significant, on pace for 89.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The Senate confirmed Ketanji Jackson Brown as the newest Supreme Court Justice. A rabid fox bit nine people on Capitol Hill, this time literally instead of figuratively. Agencies issued new regulations ranging from honeybee money to Minnesota bulk silos.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 68 final regulations last week, after 57 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
  • With 862 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,169 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 45 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 50 the previous week.
  • With 609 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,239 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021 and 2,094 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 502 notices last week, after 459 notices the previous week.
  • With 6,139 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,570 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,419 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,253 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 309 pages.
  • With 20,998 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 77,199 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are nine such rules so far in 2021, two from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 33 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021, and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far ranges from net savings of $1.14 billion to $3.74 billion. However, this figure is incomplete. Not all such rules issued this year give the required cost estimates.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from net costs of $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 68 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 250 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 241 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 881. Twenty-six of them are significant, on pace for 99.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The tide is slowly turning in Ukraine, though Europe’s biggest war since World War II continued. Meanwhile, conservative culture warriors declared “moral war against Disney” and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) showed off his fluency in drug slang. Agencies issued new regulations ranging from self-driving car safety to product reviews.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 57 final regulations last week, after 52 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and four minutes.
  • With 794 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,151 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 50 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 66 the previous week.
  • With 564 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,238 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021 and 2,102 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 459 notices last week, after 454 notices the previous week.
  • With 5,637 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,369 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 2,253 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,300 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 307 pages.
  • With 19,365 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 76,845 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are seven such rules so far in 2021, four from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 28 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021, and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far ranges from net savings of $263.1 million to net costs of $522.9 million. However, this figure is incomplete. Not all such rules issued this year give the required cost estimates.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 64 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 254 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 222 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 881. Twenty-five of them are significant, on pace for 99.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Ukraine continues to hold out against Putin’s unprovoked invasion. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Jackson Brown had her Senate hearings. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations ranging from yogurt definitions to urinal energy use.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 52 final regulations last week, after 69 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and four minutes.
  • With 737 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,177 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 66 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 30 the previous week.
  • With 514 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,116 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021 and 2,102 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 454 notices last week, after 413 notices the previous week.
  • With 5,178 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,319 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,300 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,693 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 296 pages.
  • With 17,137 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 73,879 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are three such rules so far in 2021, none from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 13 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021 and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far is $187 million. However, this figure is incomplete. Only one of the three such rules issued this year gives the required cost estimates.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 54 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 233 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 212 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 939. Nineteen of them are significant, on pace for 82.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The March Madness college basketball tournament began, continuing this month’s theme. Ukrainians continued to fight valiantly against Putin’s army, while ordinary Russian people are showing signs of dissent. The Fed raised the federal funds rate, and indicated it will likely raise rates throughout the year as a way to fight inflation. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations ranging from updating fax numbers to suspicious activity requirements.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 69 final regulations last week, after 66 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 26 minutes.
  • With 685 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,231 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 30 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 35 the previous week.
  • With 448 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,113 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021, and 2,102 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 413 notices last week, after 504 notices the previous week.
  • With 4,724 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,283 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,693 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,585 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 299 pages.
  • With 15,837 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 74,703 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are three such rules so far in 2021, none from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 14 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021, and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far is $187 million. However, only one of the three such rules issued this year gives the required cost estimates, so that figure is incomplete.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 51 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 241 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 199 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 939. Eighteen of them are significant, on pace for 83.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Putin continued his unprovoked war, and Ukrainians and their allies continued their heroic resistance. Inflation rose from 7.5 percent to 7.9 percent. Gas prices did not, in fact, reach a record high, as reported by many outlets that did not adjust for inflation; 2008’s record of $5.23 in today’s prices is safe as of this writing, and will hopefully remain that way. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations from windshield devices to viticultural areas.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 66 final regulations last week, after 71 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 32 minutes.
  • With 616 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,198 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 35 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 53 the previous week.
  • With 418 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,177 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021, and 2,102 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 504 notices last week, after 452 notices the previous week.
  • With 4,311 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,453 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,585 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,628 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 292 pages.
  • With 14242 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 73,656 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are three such rules so far in 2021, none from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 15 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021, and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far is $187 million. However, only one of the three such rules issued this year gives the required cost estimates, so this figure is incomplete.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 46 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 240 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 175 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 907. Sixteen of them are significant, on pace for 83.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The Ukrainian people have proven more resilient that the Kremlin anticipated, though Putin’s invasion continued. President Biden gave his State of the Union speech. Employment grew by 628,000 jobs in January, once again closely tracking the virus’ waning trajectory. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations ranging from repossessed cars to voluntary recalls.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 71 final regulations last week, after 44 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 38 minutes.
  • With 550 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,198 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 53 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 37 the previous week.
  • With 383 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,227 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021, and 2,102 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 452 notices last week, after 361 notices the previous week.
  • With 3,834 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,291 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,628 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,499 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 292 pages.
  • With 12,554 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 72,988 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are three such rules so far in 2021, none from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 17 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021 and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far is $187 million. However, only one of the three such rules issued this year gives the required cost estimates, so this figure is incomplete.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 41 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 238 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 156 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 907. Fourteen of them are significant, on pace for 81.
  • For comparison, there were 912 rules in 2021 affecting small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Inflation reached an annualized rate of 7.5 percent, with prices going up 0.6 percent just in January. This is highest reading in 40 years. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations ranging from powerline vegetation to natural gas containers.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 68 final regulations last week, after 62 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
  • With 371 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,312 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 44 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 75 the previous week.
  • With 251 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,259 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021, and 2,102 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 442 notices last week, after 483 notices the previous week.
  • With 2,555 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,813 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,378 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,993 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 291 pages.
  • With 8,138 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 72,661 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are three such rules so far in 2021, one from the last week.
  • This is on pace for 27 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021, and five in 2020.
  • The total cost of 2022’s economically significant regulations so far is $187 million. However, only one of the three such rules issued this year gives the required cost estimates, so this figure is incomplete.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 31 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 277 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 111 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 991. Eleven of them are significant, on pace for 98.
  • For comparison, 912 new rules in 2021 affected small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The U.S. government’s debt reached $30 trillion last week. Antitrust target Facebook lost users last quarter for the first time in its history, while its competitors gained users. Meanwhile, agencies issued new rules ranging from snails to art in architecture.

On to the data:

  • Agencies issued 62 final regulations last week, after 65 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 43 minutes.
  • With 303 final regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 3,156 final regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 3,257 new final regulations in 2021, President Biden’s first year, and 3,218 in 2020, President Trump’s final year.
  • Agencies issued 75 proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week, after 40 the previous week.
  • With 207 proposed regulations so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 2,156 proposed regulations this year.
  • For comparison, there were 2,094 new proposed regulations in 2021, and 2,102 in 2020.
  • Agencies published 483 notices last week, after 354 notices the previous week.
  • With 2,113 notices so far in 2022, agencies are on pace to issue 22,010 notices this year.
  • For comparison, there were 20,018 notices in 2021. 2020’s total was 22,480.
  • Last week, 1,993 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,341 pages the previous week.
  • The average Federal Register issue in 2022 contains 282 pages.
  • With 6,757 pages so far, the 2022 Federal Register is on pace for 70,385 pages.
  • For comparison, the 2021 Federal Register totals 74,352 pages, and 2020’s is 87,352 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (subtracting skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. There are two such rules so far in 2021, none from the last week.
  • That is on pace for 16 economically significant regulations in 2022.
  • For comparison, there were 26 economically significant rules in 2021 and five in 2020.
  • Since neither of 2022’s economically significant regulations give the required cost estimate, we cannot yet provide a total estimate for their combined cost.
  • For comparison, the running cost tally for 2021’s economically significant rules ranges from $13.54 billion to $19.36 billion. The 2020 figure ranges from net savings of between $2.04 billion and $5.69 billion, mostly from estimated savings on federal spending. The exact numbers depend on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • There are 29 new regulations meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far in 2022. This is on pace for 302 significant rules for the year.
  • For comparison, there were 387 such new regulations” in 2021, and 79 in 2020.
  • So far in 2022, 85 new regulations affect small businesses, on pace for 885. Ten of them are significant, on pace for 104.
  • For comparison, 912 new rules in 2021 affected small businesses, with 101 of them classified as significant. 2020’s totals were 668 rules affecting small businesses, 26 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new regulations:

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