This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Thanksgiving week was a busy one, with new regulations ranging from potatoes to royalties. Meanwhile, the 2016 Federal Register, as of Black Friday, is already nearly 4,000 pages past the all-time record previously set in 2010, with all of December still to go. The midnight rush is on.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 85 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 59 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 27 minutes.
  • With 3,389 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,732 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 2,292 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 3,724 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 85,396 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 94,049 pages. This would well exceed the 2010 Federal Register’s previous 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.
  • 269 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 574 new rules affect small businesses; 98 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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