[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 6 (Tuesday, January 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1454-1455]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-169]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of the Census


Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the Census 
Scientific Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Bureau of the Census, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is requesting 
nominations of individuals and organizations to the Census Scientific 
Advisory Committee. The Census Bureau will consider nominations 
received in response to this notice, as well as from other sources. The 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice provides committee and 
membership criteria.

DATES: Please submit nominations by February 9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please submit nominations to Jeri Green, Chief, Office of 
External Engagement, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H182, 4600 Silver Hill 
Road, Washington, DC 20233. Nominations also may be submitted via fax 
at (301) 763-8609, or by email to jeri.green@census.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeri Green, Chief, Office of External 
Engagement, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H182, 4600 Silver Hill Road, 
Washington, DC 20233, telephone (301) 763-2070.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Census Scientific Advisory Committee was 
established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Appendix 2). The following 
provides information about the committee, membership, and the 
nomination process.

Objectives and Duties

    1. The Census Scientific Advisory Committee advises the Director of 
the U.S. Census Bureau on the uses of scientific developments in 
statistical data collection, statistical analysis, survey methodology, 
geospatial analysis, econometrics, cognitive psychology, and computer 
science as they pertain to the full range of Census Bureau programs and 
activities (including: communications, decennial, demographic, 
economic, field operations, geographic, information technology, and 
statistics).
    2. The Census Scientific Advisory Committee provides scientific and 
technical expertise from the following disciplines: Demography, 
economics, geography, psychology, statistics, survey methodology, 
social and behavioral sciences, Information Technology and computing, 
marketing, communications, and other fields of expertise, as 
appropriate, to address Census Bureau program needs and objectives. 
This expertise is necessary to ensure that the Census Bureau continues 
to provide relevant and timely statistics used by federal, state, and 
local governments as well as business and industry in an increasingly 
technologically-oriented society.
    3. The Census Scientific Advisory Committee functions solely as an 
advisory body under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
    4. The Census Scientific Advisory Committee reports to the Director 
of the Census Bureau.

Membership

    1. The Census Scientific Advisory Committee will consist of no more 
than 20 members and one Chair appointed by the Director of the Census 
Bureau.
    2. Members are appointed for a two or three-year term with 
staggered term-end dates.
    3. Members shall serve as either Special Government Employees 
(SGEs) or Representatives. SGEs will be subject to the ethical 
standards applicable to SGEs. Members will be individually advised of 
the capacity in which they serve through appointment letters. Committee 
membership will be reevaluated at the conclusion of the two or three-
year term with the prospect of member renewal, active attendance and 
participation in meetings, administrative compliance, Census Bureau 
needs, and the Director's concurrence will also be factors in renewals.
    4. Committee members are selected in accordance with applicable 
Department of Commerce guidelines. The Census Scientific Advisory 
Committee aims to have balanced representation, considering such 
factors as geography, technical, and scientific expertise. The Advisory 
Committee will include members from diverse backgrounds, including 
academia and private enterprise, which are further diversified by 
business type or industry, geography, and other factors.
    5. No employee of the federal government can serve as a member of 
the Census Scientific Advisory Committee.

Miscellaneous

    1. Members of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee serve 
without compensation, but receive reimbursement for committee-related 
travel and lodging expenses.
    2. The Census Scientific Advisory Committee meets at least once a 
year, budget permitting, but additional meetings may be held as deemed 
necessary by the Census Director or Designated Federal Official. All 
Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public in accordance with 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Nomination Information

    1. Nominations are requested as described above.
    2. Nominees must have scientific and technical expertise in such 
areas as demography, economics, geography, psychology, statistics, 
survey methodology, social and behavioral sciences, Information 
Technology, computing, or marketing. Such knowledge and expertise are 
needed to provide advice and recommendations to the Director of the 
Census Bureau on the trends, uses, and application of scientific 
innovations and developments in relation to the full range of Census 
Bureau programs and activities.
    3. Individuals, groups, and/or organizations may submit nominations

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on behalf of individual candidates. A summary of the candidate's 
qualifications (resum[eacute] or curriculum vitae) must be included 
along with the nomination letter. Nominees must be able to actively 
participate in the tasks of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee, 
including, but not limited to, regular meeting attendance, committee 
meeting discussant responsibilities, review of materials, as well as 
participation in conference calls, webinars, working groups, and/or 
special committee activities.
    4. Nominations of organizations may come from individuals or 
organizations. Organizations also may self-nominate. A summary of the 
organization's qualifications and the experience that qualifies it for 
membership should be included in the nomination letter. Nominated 
organizations must be able to actively participate in the tasks of the 
Census Scientific Advisory Committee, including, but not limited to, 
regular meeting attendance, review of materials, and participation in 
conference calls, webinars, working groups, and special committee 
activities.
    5. The Department of Commerce is committed to equal opportunity in 
the workplace and seeks diverse Advisory Committee membership.

    Dated: January 3, 2012.
Robert M. Groves,
Director, Bureau of the Census.
[FR Doc. 2012-169 Filed 1-9-12; 8:45 am]
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