This Week in Ridiculous Regulations


The week’s big headlines were about the G7 meeting and our allies’ efforts to avoid a trade war, and the meeting with North Korea in Singapore. But behind the scenes, agencies issued 46 proposed regulations and 80 final regulations, ranging from milk handling to microneedles.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 80 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 58 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 6 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,437 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,201 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,286 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,144 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 27,115 pages. It is on pace for 61,070 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Two such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations is $215 million.
  • Agencies have published 48 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 248 new rules affect small businesses; 13 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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