Trump Administration Targets Reigning In Record Regulations As A Top Priority

Posted By on November 20, 2016

The reliance on regulations led to more than 82,000* (not final) pages in the Federal Register, the official daily digest of the national government, in 2015, eclipsing the 77,000 pages in 2014 and the previous record of 81,405 set in 2010. When “economically significant” regulations are considered, Obama’s totals significantly exceed those of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Of the seven all-time high Federal Register page counts, six have occurred during the Obama administration. (For a history of Federal Register page totals since 1936, see Appendix: Historical Tables, Part A.)  President George W. Bush holds the title for fourth-highest level.

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Table 2. Total Number of “Major” Final Rules Published, 1997-2015 Calendar Year Number of “Major” Final Rules:      – Clinton     – Bush    – Obama

1997 – 61

1998 – 76

1999 – 51

2000 – 77

2001 – 70

2002 – 51

2003 – 50

2004 – 66

2005 – 56

2006 – 56

2007 – 61

2008 – 95

2009 – 84

2010 – 100

2011 – 80

2012 – 68

2013 – 81

2014 – 81

2015 – 76.

Source: Government Accountability Office’s Federal Rules http://www.gao.gov/legal/congressional-review-act/ overview#fedRulesForm; accessed on September 8, 2016. Data provided are the numbers of major rules published each year in the Federal Register and submitted to GAO under Section 801 of the Congressional Review Act, which requires that agencies submit their rules to GAO and to both houses of Congress before they can take effect (5 U.S.C. §§801-808).

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