CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The week ended with precisely 800 new final regulations on the year, with new rules covering everything from chairs to obesity.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 92 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 53 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 49 minutes.
  • With 800 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,175 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,958 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,109 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 18,987 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 75,346 pages. The 2015 Federal Register had an adjusted page count of 81,611.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Seven such rules have been published so far in 2016, one in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $629 million to $1.46 billion.
  • 68 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 149 new rules affect small businesses; 23 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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