This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

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America celebrated its 242nd birthday on Wednesday, and new tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods came into effect on Friday. Meanwhile, during a four-day work week, regulators added new rules ranging from documenting non-immigrants to loan seasoning.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 64 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 96 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 38 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,731 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,329 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 809 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,393 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 31,582 pages. It is on pace for 60,735 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. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
  • Agencies have published 61 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 281 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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