This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Veterans Day made it a short work week, but agencies still filled more than 1,300 Federal Register pages with rules ranging from trailer tires to water heaters.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 47 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 71 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 35 minutes.
  • With 3,245 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,721 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,357 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,704 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 79,380 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 91,033 pages. This would exceed the 2010 Federal Register’s all-time record adjusted page count of 81,405.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 29 such rules have been published so far in 2016, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $23.5 billion to $36.2 billion.
  • 254 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 552 new rules affect small businesses; 95 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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