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Comment Letter to Office of Management and Budget on Changes to Race and Ethnicity Questions

The Brennan Center joins the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and others advocating for revisions to the census and other federal surveys.

Published: April 28, 2023

On April 27, 2023, the Brennan Center joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 121 other organizations in a comment letter responding to the federal government’s proposed plan for updating how federal surveys ask about race and ethnicity.

The comment letter advocates for long-overdue improvements that would increase the accuracy, equity, and legitimacy of the census count.

Some key changes it supports include creating a combined race and ethnicity question, including a Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) reporting category, collecting more granular race and ethnicity data, and making additional revisions to outdated terminology and collection methods.

You can read the comment letter here.

For more on the importance of these proposed changes, read our explainer.