In response to a May 21 request from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for comments on its proposed Statistical Policy Directive on the fundamental responsibilities of federal statistical agencies and recognized statistical units in the “design, collection, editing, compilation, analysis, release, and dissemination of statistical information” (Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 98), AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine provided comments supporting the goals of OMB’s draft directive while providing three key recommendations for strengthening it.
Despite strong opposition from the National Science Board and most science and higher education organizations, the House Science Committee passed the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act on May 28.
The bill, which reauthorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several other federal science programs, reduces authorized funding levels for the Social, Behavioral & Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate at NSF by 42 percent.
Read more in the May 2014 AERA Highlights »
The following documents and links to ongoing projects detail the benefits of social and behavioral science (SBS) research as part of AERA’s efforts to protect federal investment in SBS.