This week in the world of regulation:
- Last week, 53 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. This is down from 90 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 10 minutes — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- All in all, 464 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,195 new final rules.
- Last week, 1,037 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 12,571 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 87,299 pages.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. No such rules were published last week, for a total of eight so far in 2013.
- The total compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $2.532 billion to $4.810 billion.
- So far, 45 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 84 final rules affect small business; eight of them are significant rules.
Highlights from final rules published last week:
- People with psychiatric problems will have an easier time finding federal jobs as of March 25.
- Volunteer pilots sometimes give “transportation for an individual or organ for medical purposes” for free. These are called charitable medical flights. The FAA regulates them.
- 11 new rules from the EPA, from particulate matter to reporting greenhouse gases.
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