CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register took Tuesday off to observe Veterans’ Day. The short week was still a busy one, with Thursday’s edition alone totaling 783 pages.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 74 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 59 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 16 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 3,137 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,565 new regulations this year.
  • Last week, 1,755 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 66,984 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 76,119 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. 39 such rules have been published so far this year, two in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $7.60 billion to $10.85 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • 255 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 559 new rules affect small businesses; 88 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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