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State Data Center Steering Committee Nominations

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The SDC Steering Committee wants YOU- to be part of our team. 
Now is the time to nominate yourself or someone else for a three-year term. There are three open seats for the 2022-2024 term.  

We are looking for SDC network colleagues motivated to serve the data user community, partner with the Census Bureau, and represent our States’ interests with the Census Bureau. Employees of SDC Coordinating Agencies and State Lead Agencies are all eligible. New Steering Committee members will be chosen through a general election held in January. Those elected will begin their terms in February.

How to nominate.

A nomination must include a brief biography, and concise answers to the following: For the brief biography: Where does the nominee work?  Any special professional interests?  Relevant related professional or program roles?What special perspective or goals would the nominee bring as a Steering Committee member?What aspects of the SDC program do you value most? If you are nominating yourself, please answer all questions.If you are nominating someone else – with their permission – please answer questions 1 and 2. Please e-mail completed nominations to Michael Moser, michael.moser@uvm.edu, by December 31st, 2021.

What does the SDC Steering Committee do?

The Steering Committee consists of nine members, elected to represent the 56 states and territories enrolled in the State Data Center Program. Per SDC Steering Committee By-Laws, section 2. the Steering Committee advises the Census Bureau on the administration of the State Data Center Program; assists the Census Bureau in supporting decennial censuses and 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 member agencies and between member agencies and the Census Bureau. In plain language: We’re here to serve the data user community, partner with the Census Bureau, and represent our States’ interests in Census. If you are elected to the Steering Committee, you are signing up for monthly Steering Committee conference calls,and an expectation of volunteered time on committee initiatives, webinars, and other small projects.  Before nominating yourself, determine whether you have the time and job-flexibility to contribute.  Steering Committee members need to work for organizations that support these time commitments. 

There are typically three trips a year for in-person meetings; however, there is always a possibility that these meetings may be held virtually.  These trips are usually 3 days in length.  The Census Bureau fully covers Committee Members’ transportation, hotel and expenses (based on federal per diem rates) for the in-person meetings. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Coats, or any member of the Steering Committee.

Upcoming election. The Steering Committee election will be held during the first weeks of January.  Every State Lead Agency has one ballot to cast. Additional details on Steering Committee eligibility, term, and election can be found in the Steering Committee Bylaws, section 4.

SDC Steering Committee Letter on DAS

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April 3, 2021 letter from the SDC Steering Committee to the Census Bureau management on the Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS)

Gustafson Award

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The Gustafson Award was established in 2012 to remember one of our dear colleagues, Randy Gustafson from the Tennessee SDC, who also served on the SDC Steering Committee. Randy was a wonderful person and a big part of the SDC family. The Gustafson Award was created in his memory to honor outstanding contributions to the SDC network.

The Gustafson Award nomination form is here: Gustafson Nomination Form

Anyone can submit a nomination and based on the by-laws, nominations are due in the Fall of each year.  Please see the timeline for steering committee action regarding the Gustafson Award in Section 6.

The winner will be announced during the following SDC Annual meeting.

Past awardees:

  • 2013 – Pam Schenker, FL
  • 2014 – Julie Hoang, CA
  • 2015 – John Blodgett, MO
  • 2016 – David Drozd, NE
  • 2017 – The Minnesota Population Center, specifically the project team that designed the National Historical Geographic Info System, including Wendy Thomas, Steven Ruggles, and Mark Lindberg, MN
  • 2018 – Bob Coats, NC
  • 2019 – Dan Veroff, WI
  • 2020 – Todd Graham, MN

Adjustments to 2020 Census Operations

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The State Data Center (SDC) Steering Committee, on behalf of the 1,800 affiliates of the State Data Center network, submitted this letter to the Census Bureau (Director Dillingham) expressing our concern over adjustments to 2020 Census operations and their impact on Census data quality.

 

The Census Bureau issued this press release on Monday, August 3, 2020 —
Statement from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham:  Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count – Release Number CB20-RTQ.23

 

New York Times article links to the SDC Steering Committee Letter

Follow up NY Times story that included an interview of Bob Coats, Chair, SDC Steering Committee

2020 Census Operational Timeline — Update

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The Census Bureau has released an updated timeline for the 2020 Census due to COVID-19.

A PDF of the latest updated operational timeline is also available.