CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

With another 84 new rules, regulations resumed their usual torrid pace for the second week in a row, and the Federal Register topped 13,000 pages.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 84 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 81 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation precisely every 2 hours.
  • So far in 2014, 522 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,900 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,507 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 13,178 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 73,211 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2009.
  • 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, none 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.
  • Fifty-one final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 105 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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