While sociologists may not be terribly influential on the whole within the American government, there is at least one area where they are quite involved: the Census Bureau (see an earlier story here).
U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves has named 10 new members and a chairwoman to the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, which provides advice on the design and implementation of Census Bureau programs.
In addition to the director being a sociologist, of the 11 new members (out of 20 total), 5 are sociologists, 3 are statisticians, and the other three have different backgrounds.
When the Bureau director has not been a sociologist, does this mean the Census Bureau and this particular committee had fewer sociologists involved?
Are there any other posts within the government that sociologists hold and then also have the ability to appoint other sociologists to certain positions?