The Government Affairs Committee recommends policy positions on
specific government issues to the SAA Board of Directors and
provides archaeological expertise from the membership on a wide
range of issues and from various parts of the country to support
archaeological interests on Capitol Hill. The
committee also identifies opportunities for SAA to support
important state and local government preservation initiatives
affecting archaeological sites. These activities are directed
Advisory Committee: composed of a char and 15 members, including at least two students. Ideally, an individual serves as chair of the full committee for the 2 years that coincide with a particular Congress (which always begins in January of an odd-numbered year). This individual begins a term on the committee (as chair-designate) at the annual meeting prior to the start of that Congress, serves as chair during that two-year Congress. The manager, Government Affairs serves as staff liaison to the committee and subcommittee.
In the interest of collaboration on government affairs issues, the Board invites a representive from sister societies/organizations the American Cultural Resources Association, Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Historical Archaeology and the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers to join the Government Affairs Committee in an ex oficio capacity and participate in its meetings.