Federal Register Tops 80,000 Pages, 3rd Highest Ever Count

Today’s Federal Register added 572 pages, and stands at 80,562 pages for 2016. 

The 80,000 page mark has been passed in only three previous years (2010, 2011, and 2015).

At the moment, that brings the 2016 Register to the third-highest count of all time.

As may be seen in the chart below, the Federal Register is fewer than 1,000 pages away from its all-time high, set back in 2010 by President Obama. Yet a month and a half remain in this record-setting year.

As we noted earlier, the accelerated pace calls for a countdown, such that each time the Obama 2016 Federal Register count notches itself up the Top 15 countdown, we posted a new chart.

The next milestone is 81,247, which, at a pace of well over 1,000 pages weekly, will happen within days. Barring some retrenchment, the all-time record will be passed before Thanksgiving.

Some takeaways here:

  • While the highest count ever was Barack Obama’s 81,405 pages in 2010, watch for this figure to be topped before Thanksgiving.
  • When all is said and done, of all the Top Ten counts, seven of them will belong to President Obama.
  • High counts appearing for prior presidents are Bush (79,435); Clinton (74,258); and Carter (73,258).