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The Research Agenda On Issues Surrounding The Definition Of Racial And Ethnic Categories

Clyde Tucker


On June 9, 1994, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the review of OMB Statistical Policy Directive No. 15, Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting. In March 1994, an interagency committee was formed to assist OMB in various phases of the review process and to evaluate the impact of potential changes on the Federal agencies that are producers and users of racial and ethnic data. That committee appointed a Research Working Group of substantive and methodological experts to prepare an agenda which would address research questions about the possible effects on the standards resulting from changes suggested in the public comment. This report presents that agenda.