Letters Organized, Signed, and/or Sent


(non-funding letters appear below under “Policy”)

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  • 60 organization write congressional appropriators requesting that no FY19 funds be used for the relocation or realignment of the USDA Economic Research Service or the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 11/13/18.
  • ASA joins letter to Congressional appropriators asking they convey to USDA that it not take any action to implement any part of the ERS and NIFA relocations and realignment during continuing resolution, 10/10/18.
  • ASA helps organize letter to Congress opposing USDA ERS actions signed by 56 former USDA and statistical agency officials; authorizers 10/9/18, appropriators 10/9/18. Press release: Leaders Across Five Decades Unite to Oppose USDA Plans
  • ASA thanks Congressional leaders questioning, raising concerns, and/or opposing USDA plans for the Economic Research Service; Roberts/Stabenow, 9/17/18; Bishop/Delauro/Pingree/Pocan; Minority Whip Hoyer; Norton; Cardin/Kaine/Van Hollen/Warner.
  • ASA President urges the Economic Research Service be kept in Washington, DC are and in the research arm of the US Department of Agriculture, 8/22/18 (agriculture committees); 8/22/18 (agriculture appropriations subcommittee); AAEA letter, 8/28/18; Friends of Agricultural Statistics, Agriculture Committee, Agriculture Appropriations; National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Congress 9/6/18; NIFA, USDA 9/6/18.
  • ASA Urges the EPA Proposed Rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, Be Withdrawn or Rejected, 8/15/18.
  • ASA responds to U.S. Census Bureau Call for Comments strongly cautioning against addition of a citizenship question, 8/2/18; signed onto COSSA 8/7/18 comments.
  • 47 Scientific Organizations Urge Puerto Rico’s Governor Not to Dismantle Statistical Agency, 5/7/18 (also sent to House Speaker Carlos J. Méndez Núñez and Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz); press release.
  • ASA President writes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein regarding Department of Justice new forensic science policies, 3/21/18.
  • ASA signs onto letter calling for Congress to provide dedicated federal funding for research into gun violence.
  • ASA President Lisa LaVange sends Puerto Rico leadership letter and petition signed by 2,800 individuals urging they keep the Puerto Rico statistical agency independent, Governor Rosselló 2/14/18; House Speaker Méndez 2/14/18; Senate President Schatz 2/14/18.
  • ASA signs letter supporting improvements to the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at HHS, 1/26/18.
  • ASA President writes to Puerto Rico’s governor regarding the importance of government statistics and offering ASA’s assistance, 1/9/18.
  • ASA President sends Secretary Ross letter cautioning against adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, 1/8/18. Also signs similar letter with 170 other organizations, 1/10/18.
  • ASA signs onto letters reacting to reports that CDC employees were barred from using “evidence-based”, “science-based”, other words/phrases in 2019 budget documents: AAAS letter to OMB; Results for American letter to CDC; APHA letter to HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan.
  • COSSA and ASA write letter to House Judiciary Committee on importance of BJS and NIJ budgets, 1/2/18.
  • ASA writes Senator Wyden (D-OR) supporting his bill requiring ASA-endorsed risk-limiting audits, 12/12/17.
  • ASA sends letter to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in support of nomination of Dr. William Beach to be Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11/30/17. ASA also signs Friends of BLS letter supporting Beach’s nomination.
  • ASA President writes to Attorney General Sessions regarding White House announcement of intent to nominate a director for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 11/28/17.
  • ASA President sends letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding appointment of U.S. Census Bureau Leadership, 11/21/17.
  • ASA signs AAAS letter to Congress expressing concern about tax bill increasing financial burden of grad students by repealing existing tax provisions, 11/15/17; Senate 11/29/17ASA letter, 12/11/17.
  • ASA signs letter supporting for “Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act” (H.R. 4174 and S. 2046), 11/13/17.
  • ASA and its Advisory Committee on Forensic Science submit comments in response to request for information on the development of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science 2.0, 10/30/17.
  • ASA President and Chair of ASA Advisory Committee on Climate Change Policy write letter to National Center for Atmospheric Research expressing deep concern for the elimination of its Institute for Mathematics Applied to the Geosciences (IMAGe), 10/23/17.
  • ASA signs AAAS letter to President Trump stating concern about impact of visa and immigration policy on U.S. science engineering output, 10/17/17.
  • ASA joins 120 organizations in urging Congress and the Administration to support the recommendations issued by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Congress 9/19/17, OMB 9/19/17.
  • 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 signs Census Project letter urging the prompt nomination of a new Census Bureau Director, 6/7/17.
  • 12/13/17 ASA response to 10/27/17 letter of Professors Zoe Georganta and Nicolas Logothetis.
  • 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.)

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