This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Friday’s Federal Register was one of the year’s biggest, with 74 agency notices, 4 proposed regulations and 15 final regulations spanning 1,119 pages. New rules for the week range from almonds to tall ships.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 67 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 88 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 31 minutes.
  • With 2,313 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,592 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 2,560 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,581 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 56,392 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 87,565 pages. This would exceed the 2015 Federal Register’s all-time record adjusted page count of 81,611.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 22 such rules have been published so far in 2016, one in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $3.99 billion to $6.19 billion.
  • 179 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 416 new rules affect small businesses; 68 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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