U.S. Commission on Civil Rights:

Demographics and Occupations of State Advisory Committee Members, an E-supplement to GAO-06-343

GAO-06-551SP: Published: May 1, 2006. Publicly Released: May 1, 2006.

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This report presents an analysis of information on the members of the 51 state advisory committees of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission). These state advisory committees exist to provide information on state and local civil rights issues to the Commission. This analysis contains information on state and advisory committee member demographics and the members' occupations. Information on the members was obtained from the Commission from the most recent charter for each advisory committee at the time of our analysis. We obtained our state demographic information from U.S. census data except for data on religion and politics. Religion data was obtained from The American Religious Identification Survey 2001.1 The political data was obtained from The 2004 Political Landscape by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. We are providing this information so that readers may see how the advisory committees' membership reflects various criteria. For more detailed information on the old and new membership criteria, please see our report entitled U. S. Commission on Civil Rights: The Commission Should Strengthen Its Quality Assurance Policies and Make Better Use of Its State Advisory Committees (GAO-06-343). We gathered the information and conducted our analysis between April 2005 and March 2006. A more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology can be found in our report. We conducted our work in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

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