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Public comments requested on the reinstatement, with change, of a previously approved BJS data collection: Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices (CMEC)

BJS encourages comments for 60 days through July 22, 2024, on the Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices (CMEC) data collection. Your comments on BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget, which is published in the Federal Register, should respond to one or more of the following:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of BJS, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used
  • Evaluate whether and if so, the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of technology.

Through the CMEC, BJS will collect data from a projected 3,000 respondents, including 2,300 MEC offices and 700 justices of the peace in Texas, on the number and type of MEC offices operating in the United States in 2023, staff at these offices, budget and capital resources, workload, policies and procedures regarding casework, specialized death investigations, records and evidence retention, resources, and operations.

Date Published: May 21, 2024