CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

This week in the world of regulation:

  • Last week, 80 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 68 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 6 minutes — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • In all, 2,078 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,664 new final rules.
  • Last week, 1,684 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 45,370 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 78,768 pages, which would be good for fifth all time. Last year ranked fourth with 78,961.
  • 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; the total stands at 17 so far in 2013.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $5.78 billion to $10.39 billion.
  • So far, 143 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
  • So far this year, 346 final rules affect small business; 32 of them are significant rules.

Highlights from final rules published last week:

For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.