CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Yet another snow storm shut down the federal government for a day, but that didn’t stop both the number of new regulations and the Federal Register’s page count from topping last week’s totals.

  • Last week, 56 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 55 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation precisely every three hours.
  • So far in 2014, 327 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,637 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,516 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 9,079 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 73,218 pages, which would be the lowest total in five years.
  • 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 this year, two of them in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $614 million to $885 million. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • Thirty-five final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 61 new rules affect small businesses; 10 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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