As summer marches on, regulatory agencies issued more than 60 new regulations in the last week, ranging from students’ financial accounts to walnut growers.
On to the data:
- Last week, 61 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 68 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 45 minutes.
- Federal agencies have issued 1,738 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 3,126 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,853 regulations.
- Last week, 1,636 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 896 pages the previous week.
- The 2017 Federal Register totals 34,243 pages. It is on pace for 61,589 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. Nine 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 156 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
- In 2017, 335 new rules affected small businesses; 50 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- Disclosure requirements for students’ financial accounts.
- The Environmental Protection Agency has issued Determination 33.
- A tax cut for walnut growers in California.
- Rules of conduct for postal employees.
- A surprising temporary liberalization of H-2B visa limits, at least for non-farm workers.
- A change in the enrollment fee to become an IRS agent.
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