OMB Race and Ethnicity Standards – Initial Proposal

A federal register notice has been published seeking input on the initial proposals for new federal race and ethnicity standards.

A federal register notice seeking public input on proposed revisions to the federal race and ethnicity standards has been published. Public comments will be received up until April 12, 2023. I highly encourage you to review the proposed revisions and offer your feedback. Keep in mind that these are initial proposals as it is still early in the process of revising the standards. The target for completing the revisions is Summer 2024.

The initial proposals include:

  • Collecting race and ethnicity together with a single question;
  • Adding a response category for Middle Eastern and North African, separate and distinct from the “White” category; and
  • Updating SPD 15’s terminology, definitions, and question wording.

You can review the initial proposals and submit comments at Federal Register – Initial Proposals For Updating OMB’s Race and Ethnicity Statistical Standards

A statement from Dr. Karin Orvis, Chief Statistician of the United States, can be found at federal-race-and-ethnicity-standards/

Dr. Orvis’s statement reads, in part: “As we consider these recommendations, we want to hear directly from the American people. Input from non-governmental stakeholders and the public will help guide the Working Group as it continues to refine and finalize its recommendations. We encourage everyone to provide your personal thoughts and reactions on these proposals, including how you believe they may affect different communities, by April 12, 2023.”

For more information, visit the Interagency Technical Working Group on Race and Ethnicity.

Standards site at