CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

While Congress was busy with the 1,603-page Cromnibus bill (full text), agencies added nearly that many pages to the Federal Register with new regulations for everything from dropped calls to migratory birds.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 63 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 71 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 40 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 3,377 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,532 new regulations this year.
  • Last week, 1,475 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 74,014 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 77,421 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. 43 such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $8.18 billion to $11.65 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • 272 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 640 new rules affect small businesses; 96 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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