Steering Committee

Call for SDC Steering Committee Nominations: Nominate by Dec. 20

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Nominations are now open!

The Steering Committee consists of nine members, elected to represent the states and territories enrolled in the State Data Center Program. Three members’ terms end each year, and three members are elected (or re-elected). We have vacancies due to departures of long-serving members.

Nominate yourself, or someone else. We are looking for SDC network colleagues who are motivated to serve the data user community, partner with the Census Bureau, and represent our States’ interests in Census. Employees of SDC Coordinating Agencies and State Lead Agencies are all eligible.

New Steering Committee members will be chosen through a general election. (see below.) 

Those elected this winter will begin their terms in February. This will be an in-person meeting. The Census Bureau fully covers Committee Members’ travel expenses.

How to nominate.

A nomination must include a brief biography, and concise answers to the following:

  1. For the brief biography: Where does the nominee work? Any special professional interests? Relevant related professional or program roles?
  2. What special perspective or goals would the nominee bring as a Steering Committee member?
  3. 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 complete nominations to Todd Graham (todd.graham@metc.state.mn.us) by December 20, 2019.

The real story.

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 also three trips a year for in-person meetings. These trips are usually 3 days. The Census Bureau fully covers Committee Members’ transportation, hotel and expenses.

Upcoming election.

The Steering Committee election will be held after Christmas and during the first two weeks of January. Every State Lead Agency will have one ballot to cast.

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

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 have any questions, please contact Todd Graham, Bob Coats, or any member of the Steering Committee.

2019 Steering Committee Election

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Voting begins this week for the State Data Center Steering Committee. There are SIX candidates seeking election, competing for three open seats. Each candidate has answered questions about his/her background and priorities for the Steering Committee. Candidate statements are linked here:

 Thomas Vought (Missouri)

 Mary Craigle (Montana)

 Jennifer Shultz (Pennsylvania)

 Bob Coats (North Carolina)

 Alfred Sundara (Maryland)

 Adam Bickford (Colorado)

State Leads may vote for up to three candidates.

Our election administrators are sending vote instructions to all State Leads through BallotBin.com. We will follow-up with reminders. The system can track which Leads have and have not voted. Your specific candidate selections are protected as confidential by BallotBin.

This election will end at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Please vote before then.

If you have questions about the voting process, please contact the election administrators: Dan Veroff dlveroff@wisc.edu and Michael Moser michael.moser@uvm.edu

Call for SDC Steering Committee Nominations

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Nominations are now open!

The Steering Committee consists of nine members, elected to represent the 56 states and territories enrolled in the State Data Center Program. Three members’ terms end each year, and three members are elected (or re-elected). We have vacancies due to departures of long-serving members. And nominations are now open!

Nominate yourself, or someone else! We are looking for SDC network colleagues who are motivated to serve the data user community, partner with the Census Bureau, and represent our States’ interests in Census. Employees of SDC Coordinating Agencies and State Lead Agencies are all eligible.

We value having a representative mix of people. To accomplish balance, this year we especially encourage nominations of people of color, and also nominations from State Leads and state government agencies. (Our 2018 Steering Committee is mostly members from state universities.) Again, employees of SDC Coordinating Agencies and State Lead Agencies are all eligible. New members will be chosen through a general election. (see below.)

New Steering Committee members elected this winter will begin their terms in February. This will be an in-person meeting at Census Bureau headquarters; the Census Bureau fully covers Committee Members’ travel expenses.

How to nominate.

A nomination must include a brief biography, and concise answers to the following:

  1. For the brief biography: Where does the nominee work? Any special professional interests? Relevant related professional or program roles?
  2. What special perspective or goals would the nominee bring as a Steering Committee member?
  3. What is your vision for the SDC network and our partnership with the Census Bureau?
  • 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 complete nominations to Todd Graham (todd.graham@metc.state.mn.us) by December 22, 2018.

The real story.

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 also three trips a year for in-person meetings, usually in February, April, and late summer. These trips are usually 3 days. The Census Bureau fully covers Committee Members’ transportation, hotel and per diem expenses.

Upcoming election.

The Steering Committee election will be held in January. Every State Lead Agency will have one ballot to cast.

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

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 have any questions, please contact Todd Graham or any member of the Steering Committee.

Tree State List

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The SDC Network has a Tree State list for maintaining the relationship between the 56 State Leads and the SDC Steering Committee. Call or email the Steering Committee members when you have a concern or an issue to elevate. The Tree States list is updated and published here: sdcclearinghouse.com/steering-committee/

2018 Steering Committee Election

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Voting has begun for the State Data Center Steering Committee. There are six candidates seeking election, competing for three open seats. Each candidate has answered questions about their background and priorities for the Steering Committee. Candidate information is linked here:

 Alfred Sundara (Maryland)

 Karen Louie (California)

 Mallory Bateman (Utah)

 Michael Moser (Vermont)

 Pam Schenker (Florida)

 Suzan Reagan (New Mexico)

SDC Leads may vote for up to three candidates.

The SDC Steering Committee uses BallotBin for its elections.  We are sending vote instructions to all SDC Leads through BallotBin.  The system can track which SDC Leads have and have not voted — and we may follow-up with reminders!  Your specific candidate selections are confidential, of course.

This election will end at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Thursday, January 18, 2018.  Please vote before then.

If you have questions about the voting process, please contact the election administrators: Dan Veroff dlveroff@wisc.edu and Gregg Bell gbell@cba.ua.edu.

Letter on the 2018 SDC Annual Training Conference

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Here is a letter from the steering committee, discussing our continuing partnership with Census Bureau and the 2018 SDC Annual Training Conference. The letter was sent October 23, 2017.

Letter on the 2018 SDC Annual Training Conference

2017 Steering Committee Elections

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Elections have now begun for the State Data Center Steering Committee. SDC lead agencies are allowed to cast the lone ballot for their areas. There are four candidates on this year’s ballot, and the lead agency may vote for three.

Each candidate has answered 4 questions about their vision for the SDC Steering Committee. You may see their responses by clicking on their names.

Voting will end at 12:01 a.m., on Friday, February 1, 2017.  The 2017 SDC Steering Committee election uses BallotBin.com, and Bob Coats of the SDC Steering Committee is the administrator of the election process. All SDC Lead agencies should have received an e-mail through BallotBin.com to cast their vote. While the votes are confidential, the administrator can tell which voters on the email list have voted. If you have questions about the voting process, please contact Bob (bob.coats@osbm.nc.gov)