This week in the world of regulation:
- Last week, 56 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. This is up from 54 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation precisely every three hours — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- All in all, 190 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 2,774 new final rules.
- Last week, 1,411 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 5,697 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 83,780 pages.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. One such rule was published last week, for a total four so far in 2013.
- The total compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $925 million to $2.9754 billion.
- So far, 15 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 34 final rules affect small business; two of them are significant rules.
Highlights from final rules published last week:
- This week’s economically significant rule comes from the Department of Health and Human Services. It weighs in at 138 pages, and will have first-year costs of $114 million to $225.4 million. It affects the security and privacy of medical records.
- The EPA was busy last week, issuing 15 new final regulations.
- NASA is changing its procedures for establishing secure areas. You will still be required to stay away from the launch pad when it’s in use.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is creating uniform procedures for its state highway safety grant programs.
- If you buy your citrus crop insurance from the federal government, you should be aware of a correction issued on Tuesday regarding a recent rule.
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