The federal government was on a four-day work week in honor of George Washington’s birthday, but agencies still found time to issue regulations ranging from frozen mango promotion to oral appliances.
On to the data:
- Last week, 50 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 86 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 22 minutes.
- Federal agencies have issued 259 final regulations in 2019. At that pace, there will be 1,799 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,367 regulations.
- Last week, agencies published 456 notices, for a total of 2,526 in 2019. At that pace, there will be 17,542 new notices this year. Last year’s total was 22,205.
- Last week, 1,272 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,577 pages the previous week.
- The 2019 Federal Register totals 5,931 pages. It is on pace for 41,188 pages. The 2018 total was 68,082 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. One such rule has been published this year. Six such rules were published in 2018.
- The running compliance cost tally for 2019’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $139.1 million to $175.8 million. The 2018 total ranges from $220.1 million to $2.54 billion, depending on discount rates and other assumptions.
- Agencies have published 10 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year. 2018’s total was 108 significant final rules.
- So far in 2019, 48 new rules affect small businesses; two of them are classified as significant. 2018’s totals were 660 rules affecting small businesses, with 29 of them significant.
Highlights from last week’s new final regulations:
- Corrections to energy conservation testing procedures for cooking products and air conditioners.
- Delivering Air Force personnel for trial.
- The federal government’s fresh mango national research and promotion program now includes frozen mangoes. It will be funded by a one-cent-per-pound tax on imported frozen mangoes. Here is some news coverage.
- An update to the false killer whale take reduction plan.
- A tax decrease for processed raspberries.
- Auto titration devices for oral appliances.
- The Environmental Protection Agency is regulating nicotine disposal under its hazardous waste standards.
- Marketing Order 953 on Irish potatoes has been terminated. It had been unenforced since 2011.