[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 165 (Monday, August 26, 2019)]
[Pages 44600-44601]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18301]



Bureau of the Census

2020 Census Tribal Consultation Meetings

AGENCY: Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of 2020 Census Tribal Consultation meetings.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is continuing tribal 
consultation meetings through calendar year 2019 with federally 
recognized tribes as part of our ongoing government-to-government 
relationships. The Census Bureau received valuable feedback during our 
2020 Census tribal consultation meetings held in 2015 and 2016, and the 
Census Bureau is continuing its communication and information on 
updates on the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is planning one 
consultation meeting and one national webinar with federally recognized 
tribes. These meetings will provide a forum for tribes to share 
insights, make recommendations, and discuss concerns related to the 
2020 Census data products.

DATES: The Census Bureau will conduct information and consultation 
sessions on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern 
Daylight Time; and Monday, October 21, 2019, at 9:00-11:00 a.m. 
Mountain Standard Time.
    Any questions or topics to be considered in the tribal consultation 
meetings must be received in writing by September 25, 2019.

ADDRESSES: The Census Bureau will conduct the consultation sessions at 
the following locations:
     The September 25 national webinar will be conducted at 
4:00 p.m. EDT, via webcast at: WebEx Login Link: https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0e21564092e8928ab763dd02ba6e40f7.
    Dial-in: 800-857-8887. Participant passcode: 5484613.
     The October 21 consultation session will be held at the 
National Congress of American Indians annual conference,

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Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
    Please direct all written comments to Dee Alexander, Tribal Affairs 
Coordinator, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, 
Intergovernmental Affairs Office, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 
20233; telephone (301) 763-9335; fax (301) 763-3780; or by email at 
[email protected] or, at [email protected].

Coordinator, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, 
Intergovernmental Affairs Office, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 
20233; telephone (301) 763-9335; fax (301) 763-3780; or by email at 
[email protected] or at [email protected].



    The Census Bureau's procedures for outreach, notice and 
consultation ensure involvement of tribes, to the extent practicable 
and permitted by law, before making decisions or implementing policies, 
rules, or programs that affect federally recognized tribal governments. 
These meetings are open to citizens of federally recognized tribes by 
    The Census Bureau's Decennial Directorate and the Intergovernmental 
Affairs Office is responsible for the development and implementation of 
outreach and promotion activities to assist in obtaining a complete and 
accurate census count in 2020 among all residents including the 
American Indian and Alaska Native populations. This program is one part 
of the overall outreach and promotion efforts directed at building 
awareness about the importance of the census and motivating response to 
the 2020 Census in communities all across the country.
    In accordance with Executive Order 13175, Consultation and 
Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, issued November 6, 2000, 
the Census Bureau is adhering to its tribal consultation policy by 
seeking the input of tribal governments in the planning and 
implementation of the 2020 Census with the goal of ensuring the most 
accurate counts and data for the American Indian and Alaska Native 
population. In that regard, we are seeking comments to the following 
operational topics:

1. 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS)
2. 2020 Census data products for the American Indian and Alaska Native 

    The Census Bureau is transitioning to a new Disclosure Avoidance 
System (DAS) to protect information provided by respondents on the 2020 
Census. The DAS is a new, advanced, and more powerful confidentiality 
protection system than the Census Bureau has previously used. The DAS 
employs a rigorous mathematical process to protect respondents' 
information and identity. The Census Bureau is fully committed to 
publishing detailed race and ethnicity data from the 2020 Census, 
including detailed data on the American Indian and Alaska Native 
populations. These products will be available in a format that uses the 
detailed self-reported data, including the option for respondents to 
report as many race categories as apply. The geographic specificity 
will be limited to areas that meet certain, still to be determined, 
minimum population standards, as they have in the past. The Census 
Bureau also will apply the new 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System 
to all data products. Through the webinar and tribal consultation 
sessions, Census Bureau staff will provide tribal communities with 
further details on the Census Bureau's plans to modernize its 
disclosure avoidance methodology for the 2020 Census and potential 
changes to the 2020 Census data products. For more information on DAS, 
please see the following URL link: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census/planning-management/memo-series/2020-memo-2019_12.html.

               Tribal Consultation Meeting Dates and Times
                                 Time (local time
             Date                     zone)               Location
Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  4:00 p.m. EST--    WebEx Login Link:
                                 Eastern Standard   https://
                                 Time.              censusevent.webex.co
                                                   Dial-in: 800-857-
                                                    8887. Participant
                                                    passcode: 5484613.
Monday, October 21, 2019......  9:00-11:00 a.m.    National Congress of
                                 Mountain           American Indians,
                                 Standard Time.     67th Annual
                                                    Convention and
                                                    Convention Center,
                                                    Albuquerque, New
                                                    Mexico, 87102.

    Dated: August 20, 2019.
Steven D. Dillingham,
Director, Bureau of the Census.
[FR Doc. 2019-18301 Filed 8-23-19; 8:45 am]