PAA Presents Public Service Award to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
Washington, DC—On March 14, 2016, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) was presented the 2016 PAA Excellence in Public Service Award by PAA’s Immediate Past President Steve Ruggles and GPAC Chair Wendy Baldwin. Johnson was recognized for her steadfast support for federal funding for behavioral and social science, and her staunch defense of the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s independence in setting research priorities based on its rigorous and highly esteemed merit review process. Rep. Johnson has had a long and distinguished career in Congress and currently serves as the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In this role she has vigorously fought efforts to interfere with NSF’s ability to set a federal research agenda, for instance by congressional targeting of individual grant awards or by efforts to allocate federal appropriations by directorate. The PAA award was presented to Congresswoman Johnson in her Capitol Hill office.