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Red Tapeworm 2014: The Expanding Code of Federal Regulations

This is Part 14 of a series taking a walk through some sections of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State (2014 Edition)

The page count for final general and permanent rules in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is more modest than that of the Federal Register’s 70,000-plus pages annually. But the count is big nonetheless.

Back in 1960, the CFR contained 22,877 pages. Since 1975, the total pages in the complete CFR have grown from 71,224 to 175,496 at year-end 2013, including the 1,170-page index.

That’s a 146 percent increase over the period. The number of CFR volumes stands at 235 (as of 2012), compared with 133 in 1975. The chart nearby depicts the CFR’s pages for the past decade.

For a detailed breakdown numbers of pages and volumes in the CFR since 1975, check my compilation here.

Red Tapeworm 2014 Series:

  • Part 1: Guess Which Is the Largest Government on Earth?
  • Part 2: Tardy Bureaucrats Gone Wild
  • Part 3: Reckoning the Dollar Cost of Federal Regulation
  • Part 4: Regulations Catching Up to Government Spending?
  • Part 5: Regulations Cost More than Federal Income Taxes
  • Part 6: The Federal Government “Eats” 31 Percent Of The U.S. Economy
  • Part 7: U.S. Regulation Compared to the World’s Largest Economies
  • Part 8: The High Cost of Overcriminalization 
  • Part 9: Thousands of Federal Register Pages
  • Part 10: A Record Number of Federal Register Final Rule Pages
  • Part 11: Federal Register Pages Per Decade
  • Part 12:  Number of Proposed and Final Rules In the Federal Register
  • Part 13: Cumulative Final Rules in the Federal Register