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National Advisory Committee

In the mid-1970s, the National Advisory Committee began advising the Census Bureau. During the 2010 Census, five separate committees advised the bureau on decennial issues: the African American, American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN), Asian, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) Advisory Committees.

In 2012, the Secretary of Commerce rechartered the NAC as the Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. The committee, still known as NAC, consists of up to 32 members appointed by the Director of the Census Bureau. NAC is an important channel of communication between the Census Bureau and race, ethnic, and other communities, focusing “on the identification of new strategies for improved census operations, survey and data collection methods, including identifying cost-efficient ways to increase census participation” and reduce the undercount.

NAC considers topics such as hard to reach populations, race and ethnicity, language, aging populations, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal considerations, new immigrant populations, populations affected by natural disasters, highly mobile and migrant populations, complex households, rural populations, and population segments with limited access to technology. The Committee also advises on data privacy and confidentiality, among other issues.

Next Meeting of NAC

NAC will meet on October 9-10, 2014 at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, MD. For more information, including the posted agenda, please visit the 2014 Meetings page.

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