National Information Policy Expert to Present Carleton Convocation

Jan 30 2009 10:50 am
Jan 30 2009 11:50 am

David McMillen, a national expert on both information policy and demograpics, will present Carleton’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Jan. 30 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. McMillen’s appearance is of particular interest in light of the upcoming United States Census, scheduled to begin April 1, 2010.

Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a count of everyone living in the United States every ten years. Participation is required by law and the Census data is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute over $300 billion in federal funds to local, state, and tribal governments each year.

McMillen has worked as a demographer and statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau and is known for his flair for making the imperative of the Census accessible and engaging, and brings a current and historical perspective on how the Census has functioned as an orderly revolution in the distribution of power. The 2010 Census will again be a hot issue, as it will be outrageously expensive to conduct, and the political ownership and status of subgroup populations will continue to be contested.


Currently the External Affairs Liaison with the National Archives and Records Administration, where is also Director of Congressional Relations, McMillen is a widely-respected professional whose expertise spans the worlds of information policy and systems, intergovernmental relations, presidential libraries, electronic government and regulatory review. He has advised members of Congress on a broad range of information policy issues including the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Presidential Records Act, the Privacy Act, electronic government, confidentiality of information collected by the government on individuals and businesses, and the laws governing the operation of the National Archives and Records Administration.

McMillen’s appearance is sponsored by the Office of College Relations. For additional information or disability accommodations, contact