CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Another Friday meant another 699-page Federal Register, which now exceeds 20,000 pages on the year. The big news is a fiduciary rule for retirement planning, but 86 other new regulations for the week cover everything from garage door openers to fresh peppers.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 87 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 92 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 56 minutes.
  • With 887 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,261 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 2,201 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,958 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 21,188 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 77,898 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.
  • 77 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 164 new rules affect small businesses; 27 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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