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Special EEO-5 reporting option and procedures for school districts that collected race and ethnicity information in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education's requirements

The EEOC will be requiring its future collections of the EEO-5 report in a manner that is consistent with the government-wide standards for data on race and ethnicity promulgated by the U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This reporting year, 2010, EEOC will be transitioning to this standard; school districts granted an exemption from EEO-5 reporting requirements because they do not have the race and ethnicity data in the categories required in the EEO-5 have the option to report the EEO-5 data for this year using the categories required by the U.S. Department of Education, which complies with OMB’s government-wide standards. This flexibility in reporting is for 2010 only. The 2012 and beyond collections of the EEO-5 Report will be required to be in accordance with OMB’s government-wide data collection requirements.

To be granted an exemption from reporting the EEO-5 data with EEOC’s format, the school district need only to inform EEOC that they prefer to submit the data in accordance with Department of Education's requirements. To request an exemption, please contact Lucius Brown, (202) 663-4947 or

School districts granted this exemption would need to submit the alternative report that meets the EEOC’s EEO-5 requirements for data regarding EEO-5 job groups and in the race and ethnicity categories that meet Department of Education’s requirements. EEOC will provide an alternative report format to these school districts. EEOC will provide a reasonable filing extension for school districts granted this exemption.