A delegation representing APC and PAA met with senior officials at the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) including Dr. Skip Lupia, Assistant Director, NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate on March 3, 2020. Led by APC President and former PAA Board member Kate Cagney, the group also included David Johnson (U of Michigan), PI for the Panel Study on Income Dynamics, and Pamela Herd (Georgetown U.), PI on the Wisconsin Longitudinal Survey and member of the Board of Governors for the PSID and the General Social Survey.
Meeting with Arthur “Skip” Lupia, head of NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economics (SBE) Directorate and Alan Tomkins, who leads the Social and Economics Division at SBE, the group shared examples of NSF-supported research. Cagney updated the NSF leadership on the Array of Things (AoT) project she co-leads with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, which recently was awarded Phase II funding under NSF’s mid-scale research initiative. Johnson and Herd discussed the accomplishments and potential of the PSID and GSS. Earlier in the day the group met with Lisa Nichols and Matt Wilson at OSTP, which included a robust exchange of ideas. OSTP has been engaging the scientific community on issues pertaining to the current research environment and more recently is focused on gathering input on potential initiatives to promote Open Access to federally supported scientific research.