CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The 2016 Federal Register broke the 50,000-page mark on Friday, and remains on a record pace. New regulations for the week ranged from cement to school lunches.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 70 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 77 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 24 minutes.
  • With 2,076 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,555 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,965 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,745 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 50,213 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 85,982 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. 21 such rules have been published so far in 2016, two in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $3.92 billion to $6.12 billion.
  • 163 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 380 new rules affect small businesses; 61 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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