Federal regulators worked hard to create more busywork for Americans this past year.
In 2013, regulators added an estimated 157.9 million hours of paperwork to comply with the 80,224 new pages of regulations in the Federal Register, according to a report released by the American Action Forum.
The total number of final regulations added to the books in 2013 was less than in 2012, but these rules will require more paperwork-ridden hours than in 2012.
AAF found that the cumulative number of hours spent on regulatory-related paperwork in 2013 was 10.38 billion hours, an increase of nearly 158 million hours from 2012. The report’s author believes it would take more than 78,000 employees working full-time to complete the additional paperwork.