Letters Organized, Signed, and/or Sent
This page also includes ASA amicus briefs and responses to calls for comments. ASA’s procedure for signing/sending letters, responding to calls for comment, and filing amicus briefs is explained in ASA’s guide for determining whether to make a public statement on a policy-related issue.
(non-funding letters appear below under “Policy”)
- ASA thanks Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for her strong support for the BLS, NCES, NCHS, and NIH in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, FY20 5/13/19; FY21 7/13/20, 7/15/21.
- ASA supports funding for the U.S. Census Bureau: Senate 4/24/17; House 4/24/17, 9/1/17, 11/16/17, 5/1/18, 6/4/18, 4/16/19, 7/24/19, 12/6/19, 5/14/20, 6/22/20, 10/23/20, 4/8/21.
- ASA supports science research funding (non-NIH)
- ASA supports funding for other federal statistical agencies
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: 3/4/14, 4/29/15, 3/7/16; Senate 3/1/18; House 3/1/18, 4/12/18, 5/22/20, 12/9/20.
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics: House Science, Space, & Technology Committee, 6/4/21; House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 6/7/21.
- ERS and NASS: Senate 8/7/17; 8/21/17; 4/11/18; 5/7/18, 4/5/19, 4/6/20, 3/19/21, 4/26/21.
- Energy Information Administration: 6/12/14; 7/30/15; 3/8/16; 9/2/16; 7/10/17, 4/9/18, 4/5/19, 3/20/20.
- National Center for Education Statistics: 6/6/14; 3/6/15 House, 3/6/15 Senate, 6/23/15; 9/10/15, 10/25/16; 2/27/18, 3/27/18, 11/15/19, 2/25/20, 3/23/20, 5/22/20, 12/9/20, 2/5/21, 3/23/21.
- National Center for Health Statistics: Senate 4/20/15; House 4/23/15; House 3/9/16; Senate 3/9/16; Senate 10/12/16; House 10/12/16; Senate 5/22/17; House 5/22/17; House 5/7/18; Senate 5/7/18; 10/2/18; 3/25/19, 3/13/20, 5/22/20, 12/9/20, 3/29/21.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis: 7/10/17; 8/18/17, 5/1/18, 9/25/18, 4/22/19, 10/21/19, 4/7/20, 11/30/20.
- ASA thanks appropriations leaders for FY20 funding levels for BLS, NCES, NCHS, and NIH: Chair DeLauro; Ranking Member Cole; Senate; 12/30/20.
- ASA signs letter to Congress urging completion of FY20 appropriations process, 12/4/19.
- ASA signs letter urging strong allocation for appropriations bill that funds NSF, Census, and two other federal statistical agencies, 3/11/20, 4/19/21.
- ASA signs letter encouraging “Congress to include $3 billion in emergency relief for the National Science Foundation (NSF) while providing relief to all federal science agencies”; 1/27/21.
- ASA organizes letter encouraging Congress to provide the National Center for Education Statistics $5 million in the next COVID-19 emergency relief package to establish and execute a school “pulse survey”; 2/1/21.
For older Funding letters, see Science Policy Archives
- ASA signs letter to congress urging they “create additional employment-based visas specifically for international students who earn, or previously earned, advanced STEM degrees in the US;” 9/8/21.
- ASA provides comments to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy with Information To Improve Federal Scientific Integrity Policies, 7/28/21.
- ASA joins letter congratulating Eric Lander on Senate confirmation to be Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 7/21/21.
- ASA writes Education Secretary Miguel Cardona with requests to ensure more objective, timely and reliable education statistics, 8/5/21.
- ASA organizes letter to US Senate signed by 30+ organizations supporting nomination of 2021 ASA President Robert Santos to be director of the US Census Bureau, 7/14/21.
- ASA joins with 47 other scientific organizations on letter to Congress expressing “the evidence-based urgency of boldly addressing climate change and encourage you to act quickly,” 6/30/21.
- ASA Executive Director writes to Senator Schatz in support of the Census Federal Advisory Committee on Transparency and Standards Act (Census FACTS Act).
- 2022 ASA President Kathy Ensor sends letter to US Senate in strong support of President Biden’s nomination of Robert Santos to be US Census Director, urging his swift confirmation, 4/15/21.
- ASA leadership writes to DOD Director of Basic Research, stating, “more engagement of statisticians in DOD research will result in more robust science,” 3/25/21.
- The ASA supports Health STATISTICS Act, 3/15/21.
- ASA submits amicus brief in Supreme Court case, Wolf v. Innovation Law Lab.
- ASA supports nomination of Eric Lander for director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1/29/21.
- ASA submits amicus brief in Supreme Court case, FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project.
- ASA signs letter to Congress in support of federal career civil servants, 12/11/20.
- ASA signs letter to Congress in support of the National AI Initiative, 11/10/20.
- ASA transmits 2020 Census Quality Indicators, urging their prompt application, in October 13, 2020 letters to leadership of Department of Commerce and US Census Bureau; House and Senate oversight committees;
Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General;
and Government Accountability Office.
- ASA joins with the Population Association of America and the Association of Population Centers in asking Commerce Secretary Ross to eliminate this summer’s Census Bureau political appointees, 9/22/20.
- ASA President writes to HHS Secretary regarding the integrity of and rebuild confidence in the COVID-19 hospital data, 8/24/20.
- ASA submits comments on FBI Use-of-Force Data Collection, 8/10/20.
- ASA President sends letter to US Senate Leadership urging they take action to restore the Census Bureau’s October 31 data-collection end dates and extend the statutory deadlines, 8/5/20; supports 2020 Census Deadline Extensions Act, 6/1/21.
- Reacting to new HHS Covid19 hospital reporting guidance, the ASA signs letter with 100 organizations urging the administration “not to advance the new data collection plan any further and instead consult with the public health and healthcare communities to discuss effective strategies for ensuring the availability of the data we all need and want to bring the pandemic under control in the U.S.” 7/17/20.
- ASA signs onto letter to Vice President Mike Pence saying “it is vital that we lead with science and with the best data available” and objecting “to any attempt to cast doubt on science and sow mistrust for public health expertise, and to spread misinformation during this challenging time for all Americans,” 7/15/20.
- 2021 ASA President Robert Santos urges Commerce Secretary Ross’ leadership in maintaining public trust in the US Census Bureau and ensuring the integrity of its data products by shifting the responsibility for the collection of citizenship information of administrative data to a non-statistical agency, 7/13/20.
- The ASA joins with dozens of educational and scientific societies on open letter to White House, DHS, and State Department urging it withdraw the July 6 decision severely impacting international students, 7/8/20.
- ASA supports nomination of Sethuraman Panchanathan’s nomination to be NSF Director, 6/15/20.
- ASA 2021 President signs Joint Policy Board on Mathematics statement regarding April 22 presidential proclamation, urging President Trump “to ensure that any policies implemented in the interest of safeguarding public health do not jeopardize the research enterprise that underpins U.S. competitiveness, and which will be critical to enabling economic resurgence once this crisis abates.” 5/20/20.
- ASA comments on Supplemental to Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, 5/7/20; joins 5/18/20 AAAS letter. Related op-ed in The Hill: Transparency rule throws wrench into EPA's world-class science considerations.
- ASA responds to OMB call for comments on considerations for additional measures of poverty, 4/14/20.
- ASA signs letter to President Trump urging his administration “maintain public health guided social distancing efforts nationwide to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections until medical evidence indicates that it is safe to relax them and thank you for extending the current guidelines to April 30”, 3/30/20.
- ASA joins with American Educational Research Association, former National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) commissioners, and former Chief Statisticians of the United States on letter to Congress urging more staff, funding, and autonomy for NCES, 3/23/20.
- ASA comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research, 3/5/20.
- Executive Director Ron Wasserstein sends to letter to Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs inquiring about the release of Bureau of Justice Statistics reports and data relating to rape and sexual assault as well as victim services, 2/24/20.
For older Policy letters, see Archive