OMB BULLETIN NO. 95-04
Grand Junction, Colorado, is defined as a Level D MSA (FIPS Code 2995) effective June 30, 1995. The Grand Junction, Colorado MSA comprises Mesa County, Colorado. Its central city is Grand Junction, Colorado.
Level A -- Areas of 1 million or more
Level B -- Areas of 250,000 to 999,999
Level C -- Areas of 100,000 to 249,999
Level D -- Areas of less than 100,000
OMB establishes and maintains the definitions of the MAs solely for statistical purposes. In periodically reviewing and revising the MA definitions, OMB does not take into account or attempt to anticipate any nonstatistical uses that may be made of the definitions, nor will OMB modify the definitions to meet the requirements of any nonstatistical program.
We recognize that some legislation specifies the use of metropolitan areas for programmatic purposes, including allocating Federal funds. For example, as called for by the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1882(d)(2), the Health Care Financing Administration uses MAs to define labor market areas and gather hospital wage data that are used in developing a hospital wage index for the labor related portion of a hospital's standardized Medicare payment. We will continue to work with the Congress to clarify the foundations of the metropolitan area definitions and the resultant, often unintended consequences of their use for nonstatistical purposes.
In cases where there is no statutory requirement and an agency elects to use the MA definitions in a nonstatistical program, it is the sponsoring agency's responsibility to ensure that the definitions are appropriate for such use. When an agency is publishing for comment a proposed regulation that would use the MA definitions for a nonstatistical purpose, the agency should seek public comment on the proposed use of the MA definitions. Please refer to M-94-22 on Use of Metropolitan Area Definitions issued by OMB on May 5, 1994, for further information.
Alice M. Rivlin