CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

A busy week ended with a flourish, with Friday’s Federal Register alone containing 28 final regulations and 542 pages.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 84 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 72 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation precisely every two hours.
  • So far in 2014, 2,677 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,579 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,762 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 58,221 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 77,836 pages. This would be the 6th-largest page count since the Federal Register began publication in 1936.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Thirty-three such rules have been published so far this year, four in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $7.62 billion to $10.87 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • Two hundred and twenty-one final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 513 new rules affect small businesses; 75 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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