This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The Federal Register will crack the 70,000-page barrier early this week. New rules found in last week’s 2,000-plus pages range from foreign cars to beetles.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 69 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 116 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 26 minutes.
  • With 2,917 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,740 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
  • Last week, 2,096 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,047 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 69,779 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 89,461 pages. This would exceed the 2010 Federal Register’s all-time record adjusted page count of 81,405.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 26 such rules have been published so far in 2016, one in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $4.52 billion to $6.72 billion.
  • 220 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
  • So far in 2016, 505 new rules affect small businesses; 87 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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