The U.S. Census Bureau has begun posting the public’s feedback on proposed changes to the 2025 American Community Survey (ACS) and Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) to regulations.gov.
In October, the Census Bureau published a Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on proposed changes to the survey covering several topics, including household roster, educational attainment, health insurance coverage, disability, and labor force questions.
The Census Bureau received more than 12,000 comments. The majority of the comments cited concerns with changing the disability questions to a set based on the Washington Group Short Set on Functioning.
The Census Bureau is currently reviewing and considering the public’s feedback as part of the process for making changes to the ACS. The Census Bureau, in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget and the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy Subcommittee on the ACS, will decide on what 2025 ACS content will be submitted to OMB for final approval, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Census Bureau will keep the public informed throughout the process.