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This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The House has adjourned for its August recess until September 9. The Senate will follow suit after this week; the Republic will soon be safe for over a month. Rulemaking agencies are still on the job, however, and published new regulations ranging from the Army’s real estate handbook to lactic acid tolerance.​

On to the data:

  • Last week, 66 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 53 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 33 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,606 final regulations in 2019. At that pace, there will be 2,789 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,367 regulations.
  • Last week, agencies published 367 notices, for a total of 12,367 in 2019. At that pace, there will be 21,471 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 21,656.
  • Last week, 1,450 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,310 pages the previous week.
  • The 2019 Federal Register totals 36,454 pages. It is on pace for 63,289 pages. The 2018 total was 68,082 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts 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. Two such rules have been published this year. Six such rules were published in 2018.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2019’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $205.1 million to $294.8 million. The 2018 total ranges from $220.1 million to $2.54 billion, depending on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • Agencies have published 39 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2018’s total was 108 significant final rules.
  • So far in 2019, 279 new rules affect small businesses; 14 of them are classified as significant. 2018’s totals were 660 rules affecting small businesses, with 29 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:

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

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This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Washington, D.C.’s flash flood was followed up by a heat wave; this week could bring even worse during Congress’ final week in session before the August recess. As the Federal Register surpasses 35,000 pages on the year, rulemaking agencies were still able to publish new regulations ranging from jet routes to worsted wool.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 53 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 49 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 3 hours and 10 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,540 final regulations in 2019. At that pace, there will be 2,770 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,367 regulations.
  • Last week, agencies published 421 notices, for a total of 12,000 in 2019. At that pace, there will be 21,583 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 21,656.
  • Last week, 1,310 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,432 pages the previous week.
  • The 2019 Federal Register totals 34,788 pages. It is on pace for 62,569 pages. The 2018 total was 68,082 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts 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. Two such rules have been published this year. Six such rules were published in 2018.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2019’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $205.1 million to $294.8 million. The 2018 total ranges from $220.1 million to $2.54 billion, depending on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • Agencies have published 38 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2018’s total was 108 significant final rules.
  • So far in 2019, 265 new rules affect small businesses; 14 of them are classified as significant. 2018’s totals were 660 rules affecting small businesses, with 29 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Washington, D.C. was hit by a flash flood, but agencies were still able to publish new regulations ranging from electric program procedures to Fort Ord dog management.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 49 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 73 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 3 hours and 26 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,482 final regulations in 2019. At that pace, there will be 2,765 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,367 regulations.
  • Last week, agencies published 405 notices, for a total of 11,579 in 2019. At that pace, there will be 21,668 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 21,656.
  • Last week, 1,432 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,084 pages the previous week.
  • The 2019 Federal Register totals 33,492 pages. It is on pace for 62,486 pages. The 2018 total was 68,082 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts 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. Two such rules have been published this year. Six such rules were published in 2018.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2019’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $205.1 million to $294.8 million. The 2018 total ranges from $220.1 million to $2.54 billion, depending on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • Agencies have published 37 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2018’s total was 108 significant final rules.
  • So far in 2019, 256 new rules affect small businesses; 14 of them are classified as significant. 2018’s totals were 660 rules affecting small businesses, with 29 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

It was a four-day week for the federal government as the nation celebrated Independence Day. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from the Paper and Packaging Board to claiming mines.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 73 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, same as the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,433 final regulations in 2019. At that pace, there will be 2,778 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,367 regulations.
  • Last week, agencies published 340 notices, for a total of 11,174 in 2019. At that pace, there will be 21,668 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 21,656.
  • Last week, 1,084 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,799 pages the previous week.
  • The 2019 Federal Register totals 32,253 pages. It is on pace for 62,506 pages. The 2018 total was 68,082 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts 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. One such rule has been published this year. Six such rules were published in 2018.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2019’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $139.1 million to $175.8 million. The 2018 total ranges from $220.1 million to $2.54 billion, depending on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • Agencies have published 35 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2018’s total was 108 significant final rules.
  • So far in 2019, 248 new rules affect small businesses; 13 of them are classified as significant. 2018’s totals were 660 rules affecting small businesses, with 29 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The 2019 Federal Register broke 30,000 pages last week, the Democratic presidential candidates had their first debates, and the U.S. and Chinese governments prepared for major trade talks. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from green sea urchins to tall ships.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 73 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 90 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,360 final regulations in 2019. At that pace, there will be 2,720 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,367 regulations.
  • Last week, agencies published 454 notices, for a total of 10,834 in 2019. At that pace, there will be 21,668 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 22,205.
  • Last week, 1,799 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,461 pages the previous week.
  • The 2019 Federal Register totals 31,169 pages. It is on pace for 62,338 pages. The 2018 total was 68,082 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts 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. One such rule has been published this year. Six such rules were published in 2018.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2019’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $139.1 million to $175.8 million. The 2018 total ranges from $220.1 million to $2.54 billion, depending on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • Agencies have published 34 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2018’s total was 108 significant final rules.
  • So far in 2019, 243 new rules affect small businesses; 13 of them are classified as significant. 2018’s totals were 660 rules affecting small businesses, with 29 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Wednesday, the day before the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th anniversary gala dinner, saw no new final regulations published in the Federal Register. This may be the first non-shutdown Federal Register issue with no new rules since this blog series began tracking such things in 2012 or so. Even so, the 2019 Federal Register is poised to break 30,000 pages this week. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from Blazing Paddles to cotton warehouses.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 90 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 43 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 1 hour and 52 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,287 final regulations in 2019. At that pace, there will be 2,682 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,367 regulations.
  • Last week, agencies published 421 notices, for a total of 10,380 in 2019. At that pace, there will be 21,625 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 22,205.
  • Last week, 1,461 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,164 pages the previous week.
  • The 2019 Federal Register totals 29,027 pages. It is on pace for 60,473 pages. The 2018 total was 68,082 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts 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. One such rule has been published this year. Six such rules were published in 2018.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2019’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $139.1 million to $175.8 million. The 2018 total ranges from $220.1 million to $2.54 billion, depending on discount rates and other assumptions.
  • Agencies have published 33 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2018’s total was 108 significant final rules.
  • So far in 2019, 229 new rules affect small businesses; 12 of them are classified as significant. 2018’s totals were 660 rules affecting small businesses, with 29 of them significant.

Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:

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

Herbert A. Simon – Administrative Behavior, 4th Edition: A Study of Decision-Making Processes in Administrative Organisations

Herbert A. Simon – Administrative Behavior, 4th Edition: A Study of Decision-Making Processes in Administrative Organisations

Realistic, subjective, and humble—probably a reflection of Simon’s time at the University of Chicago. Rather than the typical snake-oil management guru who pretends to know everything, Simon that there is no perfect structure for an organization. Every possibility has at least some drawbacks. Simon instead emphasizes the need to treat organizational structure as an ongoing process, rather than a finished product. Often personnel will dictate what structures work best, and personnel change over time. Technology has its own impacts, and Simon even in 1947 saw that computers would have significant effects on the workplace. Part of trial is error, and wise managers will accept this as part of the process. The trick is being humble enough to admit mistakes and being flexible enough to try different approaches with more promise.