The Census Bureau Requests Public Comment on SOGI Test for the ACS!
The American Community Survey is looking to expand its collection of valuable demographic information related to gender and sex. Building on recommendations from other Federal agencies and working groups, the Census Bureau will be requesting approval to conduct the 2024 ACS Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Test. The effectiveness of wording, placement, response categories, and proxy respondents for SOGI questions will be examined. Information from the SOGI Test introduces an opportunity for stronger, data-supported civil rights and equal employment enforcement.
The SOGI Test includes a sexual orientation question for those 15 years and older— “Which of the following best represent how <Name> thinks of themselves?”—as well as a two-step gender identity question: first asking about sex assigned at birth and then asking about current gender. The Census Bureau also proposes to add “nonbinary” as a gender identity response option, as it was estimated that over one million adults in the U.S identify with this term.
Considering these updates, now is the opportunity to have your voice heard! The Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau is soliciting public comments by November 20 to permit them to:
- Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility.
- Evaluate the accuracy of estimated time and cost burden for the proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
- Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
- Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
APDU is considering discussing the SOGI Test in a future webinar. We want to get your feedback to gauge overall interest in the topic, as well as hear about other public data topics you would like to see discussed.