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About Census Advisory Committees

The two Census Advisory Committees are the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC) and the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). For more than 50 years, Census Advisory Committees have been an active and effective resource for the Census Bureau. They provide valuable feedback for the Census Bureau to improve its programs and data products.

The primary objective of both advisory committees is to advise the Director of the Census Bureau. In their charters, both committees “will address census policies, research and methodology, tests, operations, communications/messaging and other activities to ascertain needs and best practices to improve censuses, surveys, operations and programs.” Furthermore, both committees “will provide formal review and feedback on working papers, reports, and other documents related to design and implementation of census programs and surveys.” Committees also help identify cost-efficient ways to increase participation in censuses, surveys and programs.

Both advisory committees were established by the authority of the Secretary of Commerce, function solely as advisory bodies and comply fully with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census Advisory Committee Office | Last Revised: October 09, 2014