CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register broke the 30,000-page barrier last week, with new regulations covering everything from baked beans to e-cigarettes.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 58 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 71 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 54 minutes.
  • With 1,206 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,242 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 2,170 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,893 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 30,066 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 80,823 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. 11 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 $1.21 billion to $2.20 billion.
  • 97 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 238 new rules affect small businesses; 37 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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