CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

This week in the world of regulation:

  • During the holiday-shortened week, 61 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. This is down from 68 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 45 minutes — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • All in all, 1,427 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,449 new final rules.
  • Last week, 1,162 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 32,928 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 78,400 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. No such rules were published last week, for a total of 13 so far in 2013.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $5.58 billion to $10.19 billion.
  • So far, 102 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
  • So far this year, 254 final rules affect small business; 23 of them are significant rules.

Highlights from final rules published last week:

For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.