This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The Federal Register passed the 20,000-page last week, largely thanks to Friday’s 624-page edition. While most of the week’s new final regulations are either routine or procedural, they still range from rural phone calls to airplane batteries.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 50 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 43 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 22 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 938 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 2,895 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,853 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,399 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 760 pages the previous week.
  • The 2017 Federal Register totals 20,223 pages. It is on pace for 62,417 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set last year. The unadjusted count was 97,110 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Seven such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.8 billion to $13.2 billion.
  • Agencies have published 109 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2017, 204 new rules affected small businesses; 37 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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