The network has a steering committee consisting of 9 members. Each has a 3-year term. Three members roll off every year and 3 are elected. An incumbent may serve 2 terms, and then there is a required 2-year wait before that person is eligible to run for the Steering Committee again.
The 2012-2013 Steering Committee
- Chair: Bob Coats (North Carolina)
- Vice Chair: Mary Craigle (Montana)
- C0-Secretary: Terry Jackson (Georgia)
- C0-Secretary: Charles Rynerson (Oregon)
- Allen Barnes (Arizona) (CIC Liaison)
- Amy Bittner (Wyoming)
- Sue Copella (Pennsylvania)
- Clifford Holley (Mississippi)
- Dan Veroff (Wisconsin)
On the second Tuesday of each month, your Steering Committee has a conference call with the Census Bureau to discuss current releases, issues, and upcoming meetings.
Your input is essential to these calls, so please contact a Steering Committee member to let them know your concerns and questions.
Elections are held in the summer, at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting. A term of office begins with the annual meeting.
Any person who is the principal contact at a lead or a coordinating agency is eligible to run for the Steering Committee. Please notice that the current Steering Committee has membership from large and small states; north, east, south, and west; men and women, leads and coordinating agencies.
Candidates are usually self-nominated. In fact, it is hard to remember if any candidate has ever been nominated by somebody else. If you want to be on the Steering Committee, stand up and say so! Nominations will be accepted beginning in July through early August.
The election will be handled electronically on a website set up by the Missouri State Data Center. Lead agencies are encouraged to get consensus from their coordinating and affiliate agencies about who to vote for, because there is only ONE vote per state and outlying territory.