Call for Steering Committee Nominations

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Nominations are now open!

The Steering Committee is looking for colleagues who want to take the role of Census partner TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Nominate yourself — or someone else! Employees of State Lead Agencies and Coordinating Agencies are eligible to run. The current Steering Committee has membership from all regions; large and small states; state agencies and universities; old-hands-at-this-stuff and newbies too.

The Steering Committee consists of nine members, selected to represent the member agencies of the State Data Center Program. Three members’ terms end each year, and three members are elected (or re-elected).

New Steering Committee members elected this winter will begin their terms in February 2018. (* We expect this will be an in-person meeting; details to be determined!)

A nomination should include a brief biography (three to four sentences) and concise answers to the following questions:

  1. Brief biography: Where do you work? Any special professional interest? Relevant related professional roles?
  2. What goals or special perspective would you bring as a Steering Committee member?
  3. What is your vision for the SDC network and our partnership with the Census Bureau?
  4. What can the SDC network do to add value for the data-using public?
  • If you are nominating yourself, please answer all 4 questions.
  • If you are nominating someone else – with their permission! – please answer questions 1 and 2.

Please e-mail your nomination and responses to Todd Graham ( by December 21, 2017.

The real story.

If you are elected to the Steering Committee, you are signing up for three trips a year to Washington. The meetings are generally in February, April, and late summer. These trips are usually 2-3 days. The Census Bureau fully pays for your transportation, food, and lodging. 

There are also monthly Steering Committee conference calls, and an expectation of volunteered time on national initiatives. Steering Committee members need to work for organizations that support these time commitments.

Upcoming election.

The Steering Committee election will be held in January. Every lead agency will have one ballot.

Additional details on Steering Committee eligibility, term, and election can be found in the SDC Steering Committee By Laws, section 4.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Todd Graham or any member of the Steering Committee. A listing of current Steering Committee members can be found at:

What does the SDC Steering Committee do?

The Steering Committee consists of nine members from across the country, selected to represent the members agencies of the State Data Center Program.

The Steering Committee advises the Census Bureau on the administration and operation of the State Data Center Program; assists the Census Bureau in planning decennial censuses, the American Community Survey, economic censuses, censuses of governments and various other surveys and programs; works with the Census Bureau to plan and conduct the Annual Training Conference; and improves the flow of information and ideas among the individual member agencies and between the member agencies and the Census Bureau.

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