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Dec 8 -- The U.S. Census Bureau invites public comments by February 6, 2024 on the reinstatement of the Current Population Survey (CPS) Fertility Supplement.

The Census Bureau plans to request clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the collection of data concerning the Fertility Supplement to be conducted in conjunction with the June 2024 Current Population Survey (CPS). The Census Bureau sponsors the supplement questions, which were previously collected in June 2022, and have been asked periodically since 1971. The current clearance expired May 30, 2023.

This survey provides information used mainly by government and private analysts to project future population growth, to analyze child spacing, and to aid policymakers and private analysts in their decisions affected by changes in family size and composition. Past studies have discovered noticeable changes in the patterns of fertility rates and the timing of the first birth. Potential needs for government assistance, such as aid to families with dependent children, childcare, and maternal health care for single parent households, can be estimated using CPS characteristics matched with fertility data.

The fertility information will be collected by both personal visit and telephone interviews in conjunction with the regular June CPS interviewing. All interviews are conducted using computer-assisted interviewing.

CPS Fertility Supplement: https://www.census.gov/data/datasets/time-series/demo/cps/cps-supp_cps-repwgt/cps-fertility.html
Draft data collection instrument and technical documentation available at https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/hd5hyr35irc9e0hom1n3a/redrafticrrequestcurrentpopulationsurveyfertilit.zip?rlkey=zs0e3r3jd1q8muorqb7hxwinj&dl=0
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-26959

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