Competitive Enterprise Institute offers breakdown on Unified Agenda on federal rules

Following the recent release of the White House’s Fall 2016 Unified Agenda, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) offered a critical analysis of this edition and an analysis of President Barack Obama's regulatory record overall.

The Unified Agenda is a biannual snapshot of federal regulations, tracking where rules are in their various stages in the spring and fall of each year. Rules are divided into several categories based on where they are in the process of implementation, including prelude actions, proposed and final rule, actions completed during the previous few months and anticipated longer-term rulemakings beyond a 12-month horizon.

According to the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda, there are 2,095 active rules, including, pre-rule, proposed and final; 667 completed rules; and 558 long-term rules, for a total of 3,320. Of those rules, 193 were considered economically significant, meaning the represent a cost or savings of more than $100 million.
 
The CEI also looked at Obama’s record as compared to former President George W. Bush’s, finding that Obama's time in office has so far brought 551 completed economically significant rules compared to 390 under  Bush, for a respective annual average of 69 to 49.

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