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This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

In the news last week, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) got a new name (USMCA) that nobody will use, and President Trump sent everyone a text message. Meanwhile, the 2018 Federal Register topped 50,000 pages and agencies issued new regulations, from farm payments to a safety zone in Cape Fear.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 76 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 99 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 13 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,584 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,330 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,208 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,062 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 50,380 pages. It is on pace for 64,923 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. Five such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 84 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • So far in 2018, 474 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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This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

It was a busy week in the political world, from the bitter Supreme Court controversy to President Trump’s UN speech, to tariffs on $260 billion worth of goods in U.S.-China trade taking effect. Meanwhile, the number of new regulations this year broke the 2,500 mark and the 2018 Federal Register is on the cusp of reaching 50,000 pages. Regulatory agencies issued nearly a hundred new rules ranging from hook-on chairs to skate fishing.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 99 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 69 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 42 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,508 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,318 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,062 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,351 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 49,172 pages. It is on pace for 65,043 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. Five such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 79 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • So far in 2018, 456 new rules affect small businesses; 21 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.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Hurricane Florence, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegation, and a ten percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods dominated the news. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new rules ranging from LED lamps to diabetic truckers.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 69 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 72 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 26 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,409 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,273 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,351 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,312 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 47,896 pages. It is on pace for 65,077 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. Five such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 78 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • So far in 2018, 434 new rules affect small businesses; 21 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.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

It was a slow week for substantive news, aside from President Trump’s surprise signing of the Miscellaneous Tariff Act, which reduces tariffs on about 1,700 goods worth hundreds of millions of dollars, including some goods targeted in Trump’s new China tariffs. Big developments are brewing on other issues from the Supreme Court to NAFTA to a possible government shutdown. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from entities to moving vegetables.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 72 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 35 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 20 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,340 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,269 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,312 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 719 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 46,545 pages. It is on pace for 65,007 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. Five such rules have been published this year, none in the past week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 77 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • So far in 2018, 419 new rules affect small businesses; 21 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.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

After a short Labor Day breather, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings and White House intrigue made for a lively four-day week. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations ranging from target shooting to fireworks shows over Lake Erie.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 35 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 89 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every four hours and 48 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,268 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,284 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 718 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,310 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 45,233 pages. It is on pace for 63,175 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. Five such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 75 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • So far in 2018, 393 new rules affect small businesses; 20 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

  • No more target shooting on publicly-owned lands in the Eastern Lake Mountains in Utah County, Utah.
  • The Rural Utilities Service has new procedures for announcing grants.
  • Side-facing seats on 747s.
  • The Homeland Security Department is “increasing the premium processing fee charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS is increasing the fee by 14.92 percent, the percentage change in inflation since the fee was last adjusted in 2010… The adjustment increases the fee from $1,225 to $1,410.” (From August 31)
  • The 2008 financial crisis was due largely banks buying and selling mortgages they knew wouldn’t be repaid, and customers happy to play along. So, too, are regulators, as recently as Friday.
  • A safety zone in Lake Erie around the Moonlight on the Bay fireworks showin Erie, PA.

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

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

August ended with a bang, leaving the 2018 Federal Register on the brink of the 45,000-page mark going into the Labor Day holiday. Agencies passed 89 new regulations last week, ranging from 71-pound packages to floating cabins.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 89 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 65 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 53 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,233 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,284 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,310 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,482 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 44,729 pages. It is on pace for 65,774 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. Five such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 75 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • So far in 2018, 384 new rules affect small businesses; 20 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.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Lawyers are having a field day in Washington, and not just in cases involving associates of a certain member of the executive branch. Over at regulatory agencies, new regulations from the last week range from military support for special events to the economic impact of duck hunting.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 65 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 64 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 35 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,144 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,249 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,482 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,136 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 43,419 pages. It is on pace for 65,787 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. Five such rules have been published this year, one in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 75 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 363 new rules affect small businesses; 20 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

  • Q&A with the Food and Drud Administration for food facility registration.
  • The Federal Communications Commission is updating its policies for phone number portability.
  • correction on how to handle cranberries while in Massachusetts.
  • Designated habitat for three Hawaiian plant species. See a newly-released CEI paper for more on how the Endangered Species Act works in practice.
  • The Defense Department offers support for special events.
  • The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing its little-used Emergency Alert System.
  • A new rule from the Department of Unnecessary Abbreviations regarding BFT, otherwise known as bluefin tuna.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Service claims a new duck hunting regulation will provide $334 million to $440 million in economic benefits—the same amount, to the penny, as a different bird-hunting rule it issued a few weeks ago. Both estimates seem dubious, but I have counted them in my running compliance cost tally anyway. The two rules are the sole reason the tally shows a net reduction in compliance costs.
  • The International Prison Transfer Program.

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