Capitol Correspondence - 06.18.24

Standard Occupational Classification Revision Process Commences

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced the first step in revising the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) process. This announcement, made on behalf of the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee (SOCPC), marks the beginning of a review of the 2018 SOC Manual. The goal is to make revisions for the 2028 edition, and the OMB is actively seeking public comment on this matter. The SOCPC is a committee that provides recommendations to the OMB regarding potential revisions to the SOC. The SOC is a system used by Federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. The current review process aims to update the SOC Manual for 2028.

One area of particular interest is the creation of a code for direct support professionals. The OMB, in its notice for comments, has specifically stated that it “solicits and welcomes comments related to any aspect of occupational classification, especially comments concerning…whether to consider the addition of new detailed occupations or occupational groups, including specifically care workers.” The public comment period is open until August 12, 2024. This provides ample time for individuals and organizations to prepare and submit their comments.

ANCOR will provide additional guidance and tools to assist members in submitting comments in the coming weeks.

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