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National Advisory Committee (NAC)

The National Advisory Committee (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.

In 2012, the Secretary of Commerce re-chartered the NAC as the Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. The committee, 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.


The National Advisory Committee was established on March 2012.

Originally the NAC started/was established on March 2012 and the charter has been renewed every 2 years being the last one this year.

Members & Biographies

The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations was established on March 28, 2012.

The Secretary of Commerce established the Census National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) App. 2 and with the concurrence of the General Services Administration.

Upcoming Meeting

Previous Meeting Agendas, Presentations, and Census Bureau Responses

Census Bureau Response to Committee Recommendations

Working Groups

NAC currently has no working groups.

Page Last Revised - October 18, 2023
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