CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register topped the 35,000-page mark last week. New regulations cover everything from tariffs on foreign cheese to dental implants to fireworks shows.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 78 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 79 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and nine minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 1,584 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,328 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,265 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 35,435 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 74,444 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. Nineteen 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 $2.33 billion to $2.72 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • One-hundred and twenty final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 295 new rules affect small businesses; 43 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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