On this Day: the Federal Register (April)

Ryan Meade
Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law


The number of annually published pages of the Federal Register doesn’t tell us much about the growth of regulations in the United States. After all, even repeals of regulations take up page counts.  But the size of the Federal Register does provide some insight into the workload of keeping up with the state of regulations.  Often the Federal Register ends up nearing six figures by December 31.  The close of 2015 saw it reach 82,035 pages for the year.  Inside Compliance will occasionally check in on the Federal Register to see where it is compared to previous years.  Here is today’s ending page number compared to the last few years:

  • April 29, 2016: 26,088
  • April 29, 2015: 24,190
  • April 29, 2014: 24,310
  • April 29, 2013: 25,180