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Jan 7 -- The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites public comments by March 8, 2022 regarding the revised collection of vital statistics from the states.
 
The compilation of national vital statistics dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and has been conducted since 1960 by the Division of Vital Statistics of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), CDC. The collection of data is authorized by 42 U.S.C. 242k. This submission requests to continue use of the Annual Vital Statistics Report Form for collection of annual marriage and divorce/annulment summary statistics for three years and to discontinue the Monthly Vital Statistics Report, which is currently used to provide counts of monthly occurrences of births, deaths, and infant deaths. The collection of the provisional birth and death data is now being achieved on a more timely, ongoing basis which negates the need to continue to use the monthly form.

Data on vital events are used by the Department of Health and Human Services and by other government, academic, private research, and commercial organizations for research, tracking, and policy-making purposes. Respondents for the Annual Vital Statistics Reports Form are registration officials in all 50 States, seven Territories, including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and New York City, and the 33 local (county clerk) officials in New Mexico who record marriages occurring, and divorces and annulments granted in each county of New Mexico.

The Annual Vital Statistics Occurrence Report Form collects final annual counts of marriages and divorces by month for the United States and for each State. These final counts are usually available from State or county officials about eight months after the end of the data year. The data are widely used by government, academic, private research, and commercial organizations in tracking changes in trends of family formation and dissolution.  
 
NCHS National Vital Statistics System: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/index.htm
Vital statistics report forms technical documentation: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ktqd232juxqz7s5/AABHu1IuhKf59vjaleVloevLa?dl=0
FR notice inviting public comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/01/07/2022-00103/proposed-data-collection-submitted-for-public-comment-and-recommendations

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