Committee on Government Relations


The Committee on Government Relations is a subcommittee of the American Economic Association charged with representing the interests of the economics profession in Washington DC and other locations around the country without taking a position on questions of economic policy or on any partisan matter.


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Call for Comments from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making
October 12, 2016

The AEA Committees on Economic Statistics (AEAStat) and Government Relations (CGR) want to make sure that economists are aware of the call for comments below from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making.

The deadline for responding to this call is November 14th, but there will be future opportunities to comment.  Please let us know if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Daniel H. Newlon
Director, Government Relations
American Economic Association

Subject: Fwd: Federal Register Notice, Request for Comments: Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

...the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking published a request for comments in the Federal Register. The request seeks feedback from stakeholders on a wide range of issues that may be considered by the Commission, including areas the Commission is directed to consider by law.

We welcome you to submit comments and to share across your networks with others who may have input for the Commission to consider.

This Request for Comments is the first of several ways the Commission will be soliciting input. Others will include public hearings, testimony at Commission meetings, and additional structured solicitations.

Thank you in advance for your input,

Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Email Newsletter
May 5, 2015

50% Cut for NSF Economics?
On April 22nd the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted for legislation that would reduce authorization levels in Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 for the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate to about half of current spending levels.  It is scheduled for a vote on the floor of the House on May 18th. There is as yet no Senate version of this legislation.

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Email Newsletter
April 11, 2014

The President’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 would increase the budgets for economic research and economic data; the House Science Space & Technology Subcommittee on Research on March 13th voted to set FY 2014 and 2015 funding levels for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at $150 million, which is nearly 42 percent below SBE's FY 2014 level; the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it will completely terminate its export prices program and three weeks later reversed itself and announced that the program will continue at least through the first quarter of FY 2015; and the National Technical Information Service issued an interim final rule to establish a certification program under which immediate access to the publicly available Death Master File (DMF) may be obtained.

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Email Newsletter
February 11, 2014

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 increases the budgets of Federal science and statistical agencies relative to their post-sequester FY2013 budgets but not the Administration’s request; the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 could severely limit timely access by researchers to mortality data; the National Academy of Science issued a report proposing updates to federal regulations that protect human research subjects that, if adopted, would help economic research by exempting or expediting Independent Review Board review of research with minimal risk; and the American Economic Association Summer Economics Fellows Program solicits applications from senior graduate students and junior faculty in economics.

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Email NICHD Job Posting
February 3, 2014

A CGR e-announcement disseminates a job posting for an NICHD program officer position in population economics, because NICHD is a source of funding for important economic research and data collections.

Email Newsletter
December 11, 2013

NSF's Acting Director, NIH's Deputy Director, Census Director and Senator Elizabeth Warren speak at COSSA Colloquium and a panel discusses the media and the social sciences; AHRQ Director places more emphasis on research; NSF adopts a "portfolio approach" to its grants; AEA launches registry for Randomized Control Trials; NIH released health data on interactive website; and GAO report expresses concern about rising NIH indirect cost rates.

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Email Newsletter
October 31, 2013

NSF, NIH, the statistical agencies and the rest of the federal government reopen; Fama, Hansen and Shiller share the 2013 Nobel prize in economics; National Academy of Sciences policy roundtable examines how best to apply behavioral economics to government policy; the Coalition of Professional Statistical Associations highlights data needs in health policy; the NIH Deputy Director describes how NIH plans to address problems with the replication of NIH funded research results; and NICHD updates its council on plans on implementing its strategic vision for the future.

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Email Newsletter
October 3, 2013

On October 1st the Federal government shuts down because Congress fails to pass a budget for FY2014.  Science societies launch "call to action" initiatives in response to threats to social and behavioral science research.  The Association of American Universities defends the social and behavioral sciences.  Al Roth, Lloyd Shapley and the late David Gale are among the winners of the 2013 Golden Goose awards.  NSF asks for Alan Waterman award nominations and solicits large interdisciplinary team research proposals in the social and behavioral sciences.  NIH solicits proposals on violence and health.

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Email Newsletter
August 13, 2013

Congress, OMB and special reports from NSF and the Academy of Arts & Sciences affirm the value of social, behavioral and economic research. This newsletter also describes special NIH and NSF initiatives.

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Email Newsletter
July 24, 2013

This newsletter describes a series of attacks on NIH-funded economics research with links to a letter by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard affirming affirming the value of NIH-funded social and behavioral research including economics and the relevance of this research to NIH's mission.

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Email Newsletter
August 13, 2012

This newsletter describes new threats to economic research (a ban on NIH funding of economic research, termination of the ACS and Economic Census) and new funding opportunities at NIH and NSF.

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Email AEA Press Release
June 26, 2012

The second CGR e-mail (Robert Moffit's e-mail and AEA Press Release) described threats to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and Economic Census data collections and the devastating consequences for economic research of eliminating the ACS.

Email Newsletter
April 3, 2012

The first email newsletter of 2012 has a link to a detailed description of funding for economics research in the President's 2013 Budget Request. The budget request puts the Future of the National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) at Risk and NSF's Economics Program budget could be cut because of new interdisciplinary initiatives at NSF.

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Email Newsletter
December 9, 2011

The sixth email newsletter was sent out. The newsletter has links to announcements at NSF and NIH of important decision making positions open and new interdisciplinary research funding opportunities. The newsletter is available to read online.

Email Newsletter
October 21, 2011

The fifth email newsletter has been sent out. It is available to read online.

Briefing on Economic Census
September 27, 2011

AEA sponsors briefing on Capitol Hill on the importance of the 2012 Economic Census for business and government decision making on Monday, September 26, 2011. For more information see briefing announcement, joint statement by AEAStat and AEACGR, a handout on the Economic Census, supplementary materiall and click here.

U.S. Economic Census at Risk
August 17, 2011

Fourth Email newsletter sent out. The newsletter has links to funding opportunities at NSF, NIH, DOL and Kauffman. It also reports that Census says that House budget cuts would force it to cancel the 2012 Economic Census. The newsletter is available to read online.

Disproportionate Cuts in NSF SBE Budget
July 13, 2010

ALERT: Amendments may be offered to disproportionately reduce funding for the National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate when NSF's 2012 Appropriation is voted on by the full U.S. House of Representatives in August. Although the NSF budget for economics is small (in FY2010 SBE's Economics Program budget was $26.5 million out of a total NSF budget of $7 billion), eliminating it would have negative consequences for economic research. But we are not objecting to cuts in economic research that are proportionate to the sacrifices being asked of other sciences. For more information see

Your Comments could make a Difference
May 24, 2011
Comments are invited on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) "vision" workshop reports. They will help determine what research NICHD will support in the future. Most of the workshops did not include economists, so comments from economists could make a difference. The reports and the opportunity to comment are at The deadline is June 10, 2011.

Email Newsletter
April 27, 2011

The third email newsletter has been sent out. It is available to read online.

Statutory Mandates on the Number and Average Size of New NIH Grants
April 4, 2011

Organizations, which represent research universities and institutions, medical schools and teaching hospitals, and scientists sent a letter in the beginning of April to Senator Daniel Inouye Chair, and Senator Thad Cochran, Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee and Representative Hal Rogers, Chair, and Representative Norm Dicks, Ranking Member, House Appropriations Committee. The letter strongly opposes the statutory mandates in H.R.1, the continuing budget resolution for FY2011 that passed the House. These mandates set arbitrary boundaries on the minimum number(9,000)and maximum average size ($400,000) of new competing NIH research grants. Although H.R.1 did not pass the Senate, the House leadership is using it as the basis for budget negotiations with the Senate and the Obama Administration.

Email Newsletter
March 4, 2011

The second email newsletter has been sent out. It is available to read online.

Email Newsletter
January 28, 2011

The first email newsletter has been sent out. It is available to read online.

Applications available for 2011 AEA Summer Fellows
November 26, 2010

The AEA sponsors summer economics fellowships for senior graduate students and junior faculty.  Fellows are mentored by experienced economists while pursuing their own research during their residency at one of the sponsoring institutions, e.g., US statistical agencies, Federal Reserve banks, EPA, USDA, other US and international institutions.   The goal of this program is to advance the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the economics profession.   The target date for applications is February 18, 2011.  The program announcement is here.

Two NIH FOAs in Health Economics
November 17, 2010

The NIH Health Economics Initiative announced funding opportunities on The Market for Long-Term Care Insurance deadline 1/18/2011 and Integrating Comparative Effectiveness Research Findings into Care Delivery through Economic Incentives. Deadline for both 1/18/2010.

Add new content to 2013-14 NHANES
November 15, 2010

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will consider adding new or revised questionnaire material, laboratory assessments, and examination components to the 2013-14 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  For more information on the application process click here or contact Natalie Dupree NCHS Phone: 301-458-4196 E-mail:

SSA supports grants and fellowships
November 12, 2010

The U.S. Social Security Administration supports the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program and Dissertation Fellowship Program at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.  Deadline for both 1/28/2011.

NSF to announce competition for Science and Technology Centers
November 11, 2010

NSF's "Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships Program" anticipates issuing a new solicitation in late fall of 2010 (Dec or Jan) with a preliminary proposal deadline in April (or May)  of 2011.  These grants are $1.5- $5 million per year for 5 years, with a renewal for a second 5 years common (i.e., approx. $25 million-$50 million total).

Click here for a a brief powerpoint presentation for SBE scientists with more detail on the nature of STC centers.  Click here for information about the current centers.  Send an e-mail to Robbie Brown ( to be placed on a list for future information on the STC competition.

NIDA requests proposals on Medical Marijuana Policy Research
November 10, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT:  This FOA solicits Research Project Grant (R01) applications to assess social, behavioral, and public health impacts of medical
marijuana use and policies.   Deadline:  February 18, 2011.   For more information go here.

NSF-Census Research Network Program solicits proposals
November 2, 2010
A new $18.5 million NSF-Census Research Network Program invites "teams of researchers to submit proposals for the conduct of long-term interdisciplinary research and educational activities on methodological questions of interest and significance to the broader research community and the Federal Statistical System, particularly the U.S. Census Bureau." NSF and the U.S. Census Bureau will use these awards to create a network with complementary research foci.
Deadline February 16, 2011.  Go here for more information.

NIH launches Common Fund Health Economics Program
September 24, 2010
ANNOUNCEMENT:  The National Institutes of Health has launched an initiative, the Common Fund Health Economics program, designed to address the evolving needs of the health care sector for economic research. An implementation group has been established.  NIH has issued funding opportunity announcements (FOA) in the Economics of Prevention, letters of intent due on September 28, 2010 and applications due October 28, 2010, and the Science of Structure, Organization and Practice Design in the Efficient Delivery of Effective Healthcare, letters of intent due on September 26, 2010 and applications due on October 25, 2010.  For a more detailed description of the initiative go here.

RNC resolution would abolish ACS or make it voluntary
September 23, 2010
The Republican National Committee passed a resolution at its Summer 2010 meeting to either eliminate the American Community Survey (ACS) or make any response to the ACS voluntary.  The Republican National Committee also decided to deliver a copy of this resolution to each of the Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.  The full resolution is here; a fact sheet on the ACS written by Steve Pierson, American Statistical Association assisted by Andrew Reamer, Brookings Institution and Association of Public Data Users and Terri Ann Lowenthal, Census Project is here; and a summary of a Census study on the effects of making the ACS voluntary written by Terri Ann Lowenthal is here.

The AEACGR is providing these materials for information only. The Committee does not take a position on the issues discussed in them, and members of the AEA are likely to have a wide range of views on the questions raised.

NIH’s OppNet releases funding opportunity announcements
August 27, 2010
ANNOUNCEMENT:  OppNet, NIH's Opportunity Network for Basic Behavioral and Social Science research grants released so far eight FY2011 funding opportunity announcements.  Two more are expected.  The announcements solicit research proposals on the social environment, sleep, behavior maintenance, psychosocial stress, self-regulation, and scientific meetings.

For more detail on the individual announcements including deadlines and application instructions go here or here.

NIH announces funding opportunities
August 17, 2010
ANNOUNCEMENT: NIH announces funding for

  • Economics of Prevention (R21) (RFA-RM-10-015) This FOA solicits R21 applications for research to conduct economic analyses of prevention and health. Applications must be responsive to one of four topic areas that target research that addresses costs of health care, benefits to the health care system and other sectors of the economy and cost-effectiveness all within the context of prevention and health. The deadline for submitting applications is October 26, 2010 with Letters of Intent due by September 28, 2010.
  • Science of Structure, Organization and Practice Design in the Efficient Delivery of Effective Healthcare (R21) (RFA-RM-10-016) This FOA solicits R21 applications for exploratory and developmental research projects that will lead to increased efficiency in the production of health and delivery of health care.  The deadline for submitting applications is October 26, 2010 with Letters of Intent due by September 28, 2010.
  • Regional and International Differences in Health and Longevity at Older Ages (R01) This FOA solicits applications to advance knowledge on the reasons behind the divergent trends that have been observed in health and longevity at older ages, both across industrialized/high life expectancy nations and across geographical areas in the United States.  The deadline for submitting applications is October 14, 2010 with Letters of Intent due by September 14, 2010.
  • Subjective Well-being: Advances in Measurement and Applications to Aging (R01)
    This FOA solicits applications from interdisciplinary teams including behavioral scientists, psychologists, sociologists, biomedical researchers, economists and population scientists to explore which aspects of experienced and evaluative well-being, time use, and context promote or impede healthy aging; to enhance measurement of these factors in both laboratory and survey environments; and to identify modifiable factors in individuals or societies that might be potential targets for intervention. The deadline for submitting applications is November 3, 2010 with Letters of Intent due by October 3, 2010.
  • the 2011 Transformative Research Projects (T-R01) Award Program
    exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional clinical, basic, and/or behavioral/social science research projects.  The deadline for submitting applications is October 27, 2010 with Letters of Intent due by September 27, 2010;
  • the 2011 NIH Director's Pioneer Awards
    innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research for up to $2.5 million in direct costs over 5 years, open to scientists at any career stage.  The deadline for submitting Pioneer Award applications is September 13, 2010;
  • the 2011 New Innovator Awards
    up to $1.5 million in direct costs over 5 years for early stage investigators defined as those who have not received an NIH R01 or similar grant and are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or medical residency.

For more information on these solicitations go to the program websites or click here.

NSF’s new ICES program solicits proposals
August 3, 2010
ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Economics Program is alerting economists who do computer intensive research to a new funding opportunity.  The ICES (Interface between Computer Science and Economics and Social Sciences) Program is soliciting research proposals on the boundary between computer science and economics & social sciences.  The next deadline for submitting proposals to ICES is October 5, 2010. Go here for more information.  Go to the ICES website for the full solicitation with all the details about ICES, including a non-exhaustive list of example topics.

AEACGR renovates website
June 15, 2010
The Committee on Government Relations renovates its website to make information more accessible on such high priority areas as:

  • Government Jobs for Economists;
  • Government Funding for Economic Research;
  • Government Statistics;
  • Congressional Activities and Legislative Updates;
  • Briefings and Presentations; and
  • Other Social Science Organizations.

NIA recruiting program manager
May 1, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR )at the National Institute of Aging is recruiting an economist to help develop and manage a large, policy relevant portfolio supporting domestic and international research on retirement, health, and data infrastructure development. This position is important for the funding of economic research because BSR is one of the largest funders of economic research.
The salary range is $74,872.00 to $136,771.00 per year. For more information about this position go here.

AEAStat issues report on data needs for economic research
April 23, 2010
The AEA’s Committee on Economic Statistics released the second report in a series of reports on data needs for economic research. This report provides “a comprehensive description of data available for the study of international trade and foreign direct investment” and identifies “areas where data collection could be improved.”  For more information go here.

AEA exhibit at CNSF reception for Congress
April 14, 2010
John Abowd represented the AEA at the 15th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Capitol Exhibition in Washington, DC. The purpose of the event was to educate members of Congress, congressional staff and other federal employees about the breadth and significance of scientific research supported by the National Science Foundation.  Go here for more information.

Economists brief Congressional staff on the benefits of basic economic research
March 15, 2010
A panel of distinguished scholars briefed Congressional staff on how basic economic research by academic economists has improved people’s lives and continues to impact policy decisions. Go here for more information.

AEA members encouraged to comment on federal data
February 2, 2010
The American Economic Association becomes a member of the Association of Public Data Users (APDU).  AEA members are encouraged to use the APDU website to access listings maintained by APDU of opportunities for public comment on every federal data collection before it is implemented or renewed.  Go here for more information.

AEA hires government relations representative
October 1, 2009
Upon authorization by the Executive Committee in January 2009, the Committee on Government Relations has appointed Dan Newlon, an economist retired from the National Science Foundation, to be the Association's part-time government relations representative, as of October 1, 2009.  With oversight by the Committee on Government Relations and the Executive Committee, Newlon's primary responsibility will be to collect information about issues of professional interest to economists, such as the production and availability of data.