CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The 2016 Federal Register will surpass 40,000 pages next week, and is on pace to exceed 85,000 pages for the first time in its 80-year history. New rules range from Christmas trees to the Bacon Island drawbridge.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 93 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 97 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 49 minutes.
  • With 1,595 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,408 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,802 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,920 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 39,806 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 85,056 pages. This would exceed the 2015 Federal Register’s all-time record adjusted page count of 81,611.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 16 such rules have been published so far in 2016, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $3.70 billion to $5.62 billion.
  • 128 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 315 new rules affect small businesses; 46 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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