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DOC - 322 - Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population - Agency Authority


Committee NameCensus Advisory Committee on the African-American PopulationAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2012Committee Number322
Original Establishment Date3/19/1985Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date2/4/2012Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*9
Current Charter Date2/4/2010Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Public Information Office
Date Of Renewal Charter2/4/2012Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Stanley
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Rolark
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary's Decision MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 763-1544
Effective Date Of Authority*3/19/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-763-4493
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The African American Advisory Committee accomplished its purpose by engaging Census leadership and managers on priority decennial concerns and strategies, identifying strategies to improve census participation within the African American population, monitoring external issues and concerns that impact Census programs or the public's participation in the decennial census, and by recommending improvements to Census programs and initiatives. During this reporting period, members provided feedback on the American Community Survey Formal Review and the Alternative Questionnaire Experiment.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee was comprised of public and private sector representatives, academia, community-based organizations and research entities. The Committee provided geographical balance, representing both urban and rural populations, and different regions from across the country. The Committee also recognized the growing diversity in the Black population by including two members from the Caribbean American population.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee generally met twice a year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee's work had been useful in identifying the needs of a diverse Black population (including Carribbeans, Africans and African Americans), and the unique challenges associated with enumerating these individuals.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThis Committee advised the Census Bureau on strategies to enumerate hard-to-count populations, particularly African American communities. The Committee's contributions to the 2010 Census included the identification of media strategies for the Black population, including Carribbean, African and African American audiences. The committee recommended appropriate messaging for this diverse population. The committee conducted significant outreach and education throughout African American populations, including faith-based audiences and Carribbean communities. In preparation for the 2020 Census, the agency will assess its needs with the goal of strengthening and expanding stakeholder advice and input through the use of technology and other means.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe agency has sought committee feedback on numerous Census Bureau studies and data products.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentTechnical expertise and diversity found on this committee would be most cost prohibitive to obtain under other circumstances.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*8Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring this reporting period, the African American Advisory Committee made numerous informal recommendations during meetings with Census leadership and staff. There were, however, 8 formal recommendations made during this period.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*25.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentVia Census webpage, written recommendations, and at meetings. We also have DVDs of meetings. In addition, members and Census Bureau staff frequently share committee recommendations and the results of Census/Advisory Committee deliberations in public forums during speaking engagements and outreach activities.
Agency Feedback Comment*Via written responses to recommendations, follow up calls to clarify Census responses, emails and in advisory committee meetings and working groups.Narrative Description*This committee supported the Census Bureau's constitutional mandate to conduct a census of the American population every ten years. It also supported the Census Bureau's strategic plan and mission by contributing to an accurate and cost-effective Census, by increasing the public's trust of and participation in the decennial census as well as the American Community Survey.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$58,010.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$35,365.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$17,719.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$111,094.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.80Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-007665Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2011
 COM-009395Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2010
 COM-009782Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2009
 COM-011326Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2008
 COM-011594Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2007
 COM-013166Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2006
 COM-013482Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2005
 COM-015104Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2004
 COM-015368Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2003
 COM-017048Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2002
 COM-017327Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2001
 COM-019008Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population2000
 COM-019276Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population1999
 COM-020892Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population1998
 COM-021160Census Advisory Committee on the African-American Population1997