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Apr 18 --  The Census Bureau invites public comments to OMB by May 19, 2022 on the proposed Household Pulse Survey Phase 3.5.

The Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey is designed to meet a need for timely information associated with household experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Department of Commerce is committed to ensuring that the data collected by the Household Pulse Survey continue to meet information needs as they may evolve over the course of the pandemic. This notice serves to inform of the Department's intent to request clearance from OMB to make some revisions to the Household Pulse Survey questionnaire.
 
Phase 3.5 includes new questions on timing of positive coronavirus test, use of coronavirus treatments, the experience of long-COVID symptoms, amount of monthly rent and changes in monthly rent, children's mental health, and difficulty with self-care and communicating. Questions related to food expenditures will be reinstated for Phase 3.5. There are also modifications to existing questions, including changing the focus of one vaccination question from reasons for not receiving the vaccine to reasons for not receiving a vaccine booster dose, modifying the questions on children's vaccines to include both age group and number of vaccine doses received, and a revised question on number of days teleworked (if any). Several questions will be removed for Phase 3.5, including questions on the number of vaccine doses and brand of vaccine received, intention to receive vaccine, mental health prescriptions and services use and unmet needs, preventive care for children, confidence in paying rent or mortgage on time, and some questions on household activities.
 
It is the Department's intention to commence data collection using the revised instrument on or about May 25, 2022.  
 
Household Pulse Survey website: https://www.census.gov/data/experimental-data-products/household-pulse-survey.html
Phase 3.5 submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202204-0607-004 Click on IC List for questionnaire, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice inviting public comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-08262
 
For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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