This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

Red Tape Regulation

Regulators were relatively quiet during the week before the midterm election, though CEI wasn’t, with our colleague Ted Frank arguing a case before the Supreme Court on class action legal abuses. New regulations from the last week range from farm mortgages to military acquisition mentors.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 68 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 79 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 2,782 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,344 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,066 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,349 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 54,227 pages. It is on pace for 65,167 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. Five such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is a net savings ranging from $348.9 million to $560.9 million.
  • Agencies have published 90 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • So far in 2018, 527 new rules affect small businesses; 22 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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