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Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Staff Named to Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Will Be Among 31 Member Group Who Advise on Racial and Ethnic Populations

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Washington, DC - On Friday, October 15, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and other Populations. The National Advisory Committee was established to handle topics ranging from housing, poverty, race and ethnicity.

"OAPIA is very proud to have Neel Saxena representing us. Neel has many years of experience in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community," said Soohyun "Julie" Koo, Director of OAPIA.

The United States Constitution requires the federal government to count the number of people every ten years. Historically immigrant communities are more likely to be undercounted, often times leading to under representation and a loss of critical financial resources. The establishment of the Committee will provide for more accuracy in reporting and will help the Bureau in collecting relevant information in a timely manner. The Committee will be comprised of 31 members from varying professional backgrounds.  "The Census data is an important tool used by governments, nonprofits, and numerous organizations, I am excited to be able continue to advise and work with the Bureau in this new capacity," said Neel Saxena.

The Census collects demographic information on the nation's populations, regardless of immigration status. Data collected is used for governmental and nongovernmental reasons. Many federal and state programs use census data to distribute funds for community development.