Letters Organized, Signed, and/or Sent
(non-funding letters appear below under “Policy”)
- ASA supports funding for the U.S. Census Bureau: FY13 House 4/13/12; FY13 Senate 4/13/12; House 5/8/12, Senate 5/16/12, Congress 3/11/13, Congress 4/11/13; Senate 7/15/13; 12/20/13; 1/23/14; 4/2/14; 6/1/15; 6/8/15; 9/10/15; Senate 11/9/15; House/11/9/15; Senate 2/18/16; House 2/18/16; Senate 6/10/16; House 6/13/16; Senate 10/17/16; House 10/17/16; Senate 4/24/17; House 4/24/17; 9/1/17.
- ASA supports science research funding (non-NIH)
- ASA supports funding for other federal statistical agencies
- ASA signs onto CDC Coalition’s FY 2018 letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee leaders urging at least $7.8 billion for the CDC, 3/30/17, 4/18/17.
ASA signs onto letter urging Congress "replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction," 2/18/15.
- ASA signs onto letter to Congress urging they swiftly complete the FY 2017 appropriations process with robust investments in scientific research, 4/6/17.
- The ASA signs onto letter urging a larger allocation for the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education and related agencies funding bill (which funds NIH, AHRQ, NCES, NCHS, and BLS), 2/22/16
- The ASA joins 148 organizations on letter to Congress urging they “reject the Administration-proposed cuts to science as you begin to craft the fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations” and “prioritize these investments and provide sustainable and robust investments in scientific research”; 5/24/17.
- Five scientific societies send Senate appropriators letter urging their support of forensic science work at NIST, 7/19/17; 8/4/17.
For older Funding letters, see Science Policy Archives
- ASA writes to Greek Prime Minister urging Greece to halt any further prosecutions of Dr. Georgiou, to exonerate him of all past convictions, and to publically apologize to him, 9/1/17.
- ASA and nine other professional organizations send Labor Secretary Acosta letter regarding BLS leadership, budget, and its recruitment/training program, 8/18/17.
- ASA President Barry Nussbaum and 15 Other Science Society Leaders Request Climate Science Meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, 7/31/17.
- Executive Committee of the Mental Health Statistics (MHS) Section submits comments on behalf of ASA to a National Institute of Mental Health request for information on Power Calculations, 8/4/17.
- ASA President sends Institute of Education Sciences (DoEd) acting director letter expressing concern about suspension of statistical methods and training grant solicitation for current cycle, 7/25/17.
- ASA joins with AAAS, other science organizations on letter to President Trump urging engagement of scientific advisers and protection of scientific data, 6/27/17.
- ASA and other groups send letter to Transportation Secretary Chao urging the Department to give Bureau of Transportation Statistics control over its entire annual budget, 6/2/17.
- ASA President sends Senate Environment and Public Works Committee letter regarding H.R. 1430, The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017, urging “the bill be revised significantly in consultation of the scientific community before further consideration”; 5/26/17.
- ASA signs letter to President Trump with 57 others urging prompt appointment of high-qualified individuals for Director and other key roles in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), 5/25/17.
- ASA signs onto comments expressing “concerns regarding the Notice of Information Collection under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants (DS-5535)”; 5/18/17.
- The ASA and 20 organizations send letter to President Trump urging appointment of well-credentialed BLS Commissioner and urging appropriate BLS funding levels, 5/9/17.
- ASA President and four former BJS Directors write to Attorney General Sessions and Congress about appointing a BJS Director and reinstating Senate confirmation of President’s nomination of BJS Director; BJS Director, 5/1/17; DOJ Senate Confirmation, 5/1/17; Congress Senate Confirmation, 5/1/17.
- ASA writes to Greek Prime Minister urging him to publicly defend against any efforts to undermine the credibility of the Greek statistics produced by Dr. Andreas Georgiou and his former colleagues so that all charges against these official statisticians are dropped, 3/27/17. See 4/25/17 reply from Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
- The ASA signs onto a letter to Congressman Gosar regarding a provision of H.R. 482, the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act, banning a database, 3/6/17.
- ASA President writes to Commerce Secretary about U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis, 3/6/17.
- ASA signs onto letter to President Trump asking that the long-term federal hiring strategy reflect the need for a strong FDA and NIH workforce to respond to public health emergencies, to protect the public from ongoing health threats, and to promote healthy communities, 2/27/17.
- The ASA congratulates Nancy Potok for being named the new Chief Statistician of the United States, 1/10/17.
- Clyde Tucker’s testimony on behalf of the ASA to the Commission for Evidence-Based Policymaking for its 10/21/16 Public Hearing
- ASA writes to Greek President to express concern about recent decision to press charges against statistician Andreas Georgiou and echoing the call that that those working within the Greek statistical service must be able to perform their professional duties with integrity, and free of any political interference or pressure, real or implied, 10/14/16.
- ASA signs onto letter to CEPH “the learning objectives and competencies relating to evidence-based approaches to public health explicitly reference biostatistics as a critical skill and knowledge domain, and not only refer to ‘quantitative methods’”; 9/2/16.
- ASA signs letter applauding Senate draft of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (reauthorizing NSF, among other things), 6/28/16.
- ASA Joins 30 Societies on Letter to Congress with Consensus Scientific View of Climate Change, 6/28/16.
- ASA signs onto letter in support of Open, Permanent, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act (H.R. 5051) establishing comprehensive policy ensuring government data is accessible to the public by default, 5/6/16; 4/5/17.
- ASA writes NC governor informing him the ASA will no longer sign contracts to conduct meetings in his state as a result of its new law-the "Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act", 4/18/16.
- ASA signs letter in support of BEA and BLS having same access to business tax data as Census, 3/22/16. (Background at this 2011 Amstat News article.)
- ASA and RSS send joint letter to Australian Government regarding announced cuts to climate monitoring programs, 3/7/16. (Response from Australian Science Minister Pyne: 5/4/16.)
- ASA President sends letters to key FAST Act sponsors for provisions boosting Bureau of Transportation Statistics autonomy: Comstock, Thune and Nelson, Inhofe and Boxer, Shuster and DeFazio, Lipinski (all sent 12/23/15). More information available here.
- ASA signs onto letter to House Science Committee Chairman regarding the committee's inquiry into a scientific paper prepared by NOAA researchers, 11/24/15.
- ASA signs letter to Congress urging they prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from promulgating or enforcing new teacher preparation programs regulations, 11/20/15.
- ASA President supports nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and urges swift confirmation, 11/18/15.
- ASA joins letter urging reauthorization of the Census Bureau's Quarterly Financial Report (QFR), 10/9/15.
- ASA joins with a dozen other organizations applauding the introduction of the House Resolution on environment stewardship, H.Res. 424, 9/25/15
- ASA signs onto letter in support of Bureau of Transportation Statistics in new transportation bill: Lipinski 7/10/15; Thune 7/15/15.
- ASA President Elect sends Congress letter opposing the proposed termination of the Agency for Health Research and Quality: Senate 6/29/15; House 6/29/15; Senate 10/22/15; House 10/22/15 ; Blumenthal 1/5/16 (in reference to this November 12 Blumenthal Dear Colleague letter).
- ASA President sends letter to Attorney General Lynch and letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee leadership regarding the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 6/4/15.
- ASA President submits comments to OMB on its draft guidance to implement the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), 5/29/15.
- ASA President sends letter to NIH director on importance and benefits of engaging statisticians on Precision Medicine Initiative, 4/29/15; reply from NIH Deputy Director of Science, Outreach, and Policy Kathy Hudson; 10/20/15.
- ASA signs onto letter to House leadership discouraging provisions that might limit federal government's access to the best available climate science, 4/24/15.
- ASA signs onto letter to House Science, Space and Technology Committee Leadership expressing concern over NSF provisions, 4/21/15.
- ASA President sends letter to Congress regarding "Secret Science Reform Act of 2015", 2/25/15, 3/5/15. Background at this ASA Community blog entry.
- ASA Comments on importance of American Community Survey question on undergraduate field of degree, 12/12/14.
- ASA joins others in letter to Congress urging "support for the competitive peer review process used by the National Institutes of Health." House 12/2/14; Senate 12/2/14.
- ASA President Elect sends letter to Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding his action on the book, ""How to Lie with Statistics": 10/20/14. (For context, see this news story, this Congressional hearing clip, and this statement from the VA Secretary.)
- ASA President Elect sends letters to Congress regarding "Secret Science Reform": House 9/5/14; Senate 9/5/14.
- ASA signs letter expressing concerns about current and proposed restrictions on the ability of federal and contractor scientists and engineers to participate in scientific and technical conferences: 7/29/14; 9/8/14; 4/21/15, 7/23/15, 8/10/15, 8/10/15.
- ASA signs letter to Senators to strengthen NCES autonomy and stature, 7/9/14, OMB 9/16/14.
- ASA provides comments on proposed Statistical Policy Directive: Fundamental Responsibilities of Federal Statistical Agencies and Recognized Statistical Units, 7/9/14.
- The ASA sends letter to Argentine officials inquiring on status of criminal and civil charges regarding independent publication of economic statistical data; 6/3/14. For background, see the December 2012 Amstat News article, "Politics and Statistics Collide in Argentina."
- ASA signs onto testimony for Senate hearing on "Innovation Deficit" (the notion that we haven't been investing enough in basic research), 4/29/14.
- The ASA provides written comments to the newly formed National Commission on Forensic Science, 4/23/14.
- The ASA joins scores of other organizations in voicing serious concerns with H.R. 4186, a House science committee bill to reauthorize NSF, 3/12/14; 3/31/14.
- ASA President-Elect sends letter to Senator Rockefeller supporting his efforts on forensic science reform, 3/3/14.
- ASA joins MRA letter to Missouri legislator whose bill in the Missouri legislature would classify telephone surveys as telemarketing; 2/5/14.
- ASA signs onto letter in support of Data Compatibility in Senate Finance Committee draft bill, 1/17/14.
For older Policy letters, see Archive