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 Federal Register Notice Comment Period Extended to April 27

April 7, 2023 — On January 27, 2023, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice and request for comments on “Initial Proposals for Updating OMB’s Race and Ethnicity Statistical Standards.” OMB is extending the public comment period for that notice, which currently closes on April 12, 2023, by 15 days.
The comment period will now remain open until April 27, 2023, to allow additional time for the public to review and comment on the initial proposals. You can submit comments by clicking the button below and following the instructions.


OMB maintains government-wide standards for federal race and ethnicity data that ensure our ability to compare information and data across federal agencies, and to understand how well federal programs serve a diverse America.
On June 15, 2022, the Chief Statistician of the United States identified updating the standards as a top priority to ensure that the standards better reflect the diversity of the American people. The Working Group was created to lead this effort and was charged with proposing recommendations for improving the quality and usefulness of federal race and ethnicity data.
On January 26, 2023, OMB released an initial set of recommended revisions proposed by the Working Group to revise OMB’s SPD 15, last revised in 1997.
The public is invited to provide feedback through the Federal Register Notice (FRN) on the proposed revisions by April 27, 2023.

The initial proposals include:

  • Collecting race and ethnicity information using one combined question.
  • Adding “Middle Eastern or North African” (MENA) as a new response category.
  • Requiring the collection of detailed race and ethnicity categories by default.

The Working Group is also asking for public comment on how best to revise SPD 15’s:

  • Terminology, definitions, and question wording.
  • Guidance on implementation and adoption of revised standards.
  • Guidance on how to collect and report administrative and proxy data.
These recommendations are preliminary and they do not represent the final positions of OMB or the agencies participating on the Working Group. Your feedback will help guide the Working Group as they develop their final recommendations to OMB and will also help OMB determine how to revise SPD 15 to improve the quality and usefulness of federal race and ethnicity data.
OMB and the Working Group have set the goal of completing these important revisions by the Summer of 2024. For more information on the FRN, providing feedback, or OMB’s process for revising SPD 15, visit

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