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The rule states that the Federal Contract Compliance Programs Office requires contractors to “engage in affirmative action and provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.”

Overall, at the current pace of rulemaking for 2013, AAF estimates that the regulatory burden for the year will eclipse $110 billion.

“The regulatory system sort of runs on autopilot, and even the administration doesn’t have control over a lot of what happens,” Batkins said. “So, you see this every year, it flies under the radar, and it’s mainly because getting all this data together is not easy. You can’t just go to the historical tables at the White House budget to see what the total cumulative regulatory burden is for all agencies.”

“I think that you see the regulatory apparatus on autopilot and it’s $30 billion a year at least that often gets overlooked,” he said.

Elizabeth Harrington is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Her email address is elizabeth@freebeacon. Her Twitter handle is @GoliadGal.