Research Policy & Advocacy
AERA Comments on OMB Federal Statistical Policy Directive
July 2014

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. 
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FIRST Act, Slashing SBE Funding, Moves to House Floor
May 2014

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 »

Social and Behavioral Sciences Resources

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.

NSF's Merit Review Process
National Science Foundation, June 2014

Why the Federal Government Funds Social and Behavioral Sciences Research

Association of American Universities, October 3, 2013 

Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral & Economic Research Addresses National Challenges (PDF)
National Science Foundation

Exploring What Makes Us Human: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (PDF)
National Science Foundation, March 2014

Social and Behavioral Sciences in Action
National Research Council, November 12, 2013

Interorganizational Letter to Chairman Lamar Smith, House Science, Space and Technology Committee (PDF)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, October 16, 2013

Remarks to the Consortium of Social Science Associations (PDF)
Senator Elizabeth Warren, November 4, 2013 

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Senate Bill Would Provide Boost to NSF
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee released a “discussion draft” of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act
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