CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was another slow week, with only 57 new regulations; the usual number is closer to 70. Even so, agencies issued new rules for everything from how to shoe a horse to fees for avocado growers in south Florida. The Federal Register also broke the 3,000-page mark.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 57 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 38 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 57 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 121 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,521 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,543 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 3,294 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 68,625 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2001.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Four such rules have been published so far this year, two of them in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations is currently $1.6 million. They affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • Twenty final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 21 new rules affect small businesses. Six of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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