March 30, 2017

Census Bureau: LGBT omission the result of ‘no federal data need’

Editor’s Note: The Director’s Blog post, Planned Subjects for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey, is available here.

From: Washington Blade

Chris Johnson


John Thompson, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, wrote in a blog post the decision to omit LGBT questions from the annual American Community Survey was made despite a request from members of Congress.

“We carefully considered this thoughtful request and again worked with federal agencies and the OMB Interagency Working Group on Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to determine if there was a legislative mandate to collect this data,” Thompson said. “Our review concluded there was no federal data need to change the planned census and ACS subjects.”

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