Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity
The Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity were last revised in 1997 (62 FR 58782, Oct. 30, 1997; see https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ fedreg_1997standards). Since these revisions were implemented, much has been learned about how these standards have improved the quality of Federal information collected and presented on race and ethnicity. At the same time, some areas may benefit from further refinement. Accordingly, OMB currently is undertaking a review of particular components of the 1997 standard: The use of separate questions measuring race and ethnicity and question phrasing; the classification of a Middle Eastern and North African group and reporting category; the description of the intended use of minimum reporting categories; and terminology used for race and ethnicity classifications. OMB's current review of the standard is limited to these areas. Specific questions appear under the section, ``Issues for Comment.''
Access to Classified Information by Historical Researchers and Certain Former Government Personnel
Consistent with Executive Order 13526, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is providing greater clarity about the procedures under which it may provide historical researchers and certain former Government personnel with access to classified CIA information. This rule is being issued as a final rule without prior notice of proposed rulemaking as allowed by the Administrative Procedure Act for rules of agency procedure and interpretation.
OMB Sequestration Update Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2017
OMB is issuing the OMB Sequestration Update Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2017 to report on the status of the discretionary caps and on the compliance of pending discretionary appropriations legislation with those caps. For fiscal year 2016, the report finds enacted appropriations to be within the spending limits. The report also finds that 2016 supplemental funding amounts for Zika virus response included in Divisions B and D of the pending Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 and Zika Response and Preparedness Conference Report would not breach the 2016 limits if enacted. For fiscal year 2017, the report finds that, if the current limits remain unchanged, under OMB's estimates of actions to date by the House of Representatives for the 12 annual appropriations bills would result in a sequestration of approximately $17 million in defense programs and $775 million in non- defense programs, respectively. The report finds that actions by the Senate for both categories are in compliance with the current spending limits. Finally, the report also contains OMB's Preview Estimate of the Disaster Relief Funding Adjustment for FY 2017.