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Sociology 304 - Statistical Data Hunt: Defining Race

Spring 2011, Erin Murphy

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Statistical Programs and Standards: Data on Race and Ethnicity.
    • Advance notice of proposed review and possible revision of OMB's Statistical Policy Directive No. 15, including a copy of that Directive in the Appendix:
      "Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity." Federal Register 59, no. 110 (June 9, 1994). From the Federal Register. From OMB.
    • Summary and analysis of public comments on Statistical Policy Directive No. 15 and brief discussion of research agenda (including a copy of the Directive in the Appendix):
      "Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity." Federal Register 60, no. 166 (August 28, 1995): 44674-44693. From the Federal Register. From OMB.
    • "Recommendations From the Interagency Committee for the Review of the Racial and Ethnic Standards to the Office of Management and Budget Concerning Changes to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity." Federal Register 62, no. 131 (July 9, 1997): 36874-36946. From the Federal Register. From OMB.
    • The revised and current policy:
      "Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity." Federal Register 62, no. 210 (October 30, 1997): 58782-58790. From the Federal Register. From OMB.
    • There are many other documents on the OMB webpage that may be of interest.

Census Bureau

"The racial classifications used by the Census Bureau adhere to the October 30, 1997, Federal Register Notice entitled, 'Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity' issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These standards govern the categories used to collect and present federal data on race and ethnicity." U.S. Department of Commerce. Census Bureau. Summary File 1 Technical Documentation, 2007, p. B-12.

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