National Center for Policy Analysis

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National Center for Policy Analysis
NCPA logo.png
Abbreviation NCPA
Motto Ideas Changing the World
Formation 1983
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters 14180 Dallas Parkway, Suite 350, Dallas, Texas 75254
Allen West (as of 2015)[1]
Revenue: $4,132,197
Expenses: $4,924,654
(FYE September 2012)[2]

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a non-profit American think tank[3] whose goals are to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control. Topics addressed include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, education and environmental regulation.

The NCPA was founded in February 1983[4] by British businessman Antony Fisher[5] together with Dallas businessmen Russell Perry (CEO of Republic Financial Services),[6] Wayne Calloway (CEO of Frito-Lay), John F. Stephens (CEO of Employers Insurance of Texas),[7] and Jere W. Thompson (CEO of the Southland Corporation).


Its first offices were at the University of Dallas. Today the organisation has offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C.

The NCPA's founding president is libertarian economist John C. Goodman. In June 2014, the NCPA board and Goodman accused each other of misconduct and Goodman left the organization.[8] Leadership of the NCPA includes:

  • Steve Ivy, Chairman of the Board.[9]
  • James H. Amos, Jr., President and CEO[10]
  • Allen West, Executive Director[11]


Media attention has focused on the NCPA (for example, U.S. News & World Report,[12] Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel,[13] Orange County Register[14]) for recommending pension reform legislation including automatic enrollment into companies' 401(k) plans.

The NCPA was a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition, an organization created by the now-defunct non-profit group Consumer Alert that described itself as "an alliance of some two dozen non-profit public policy groups concerned about the implications of the Kyoto Protocol for consumers," and which was generally skeptical of the anthropogenic theory of global warming.[15] NCPA has also attempted to debunk peak oil claims.[citation needed]


NCPA's revenues for the fiscal year ending 9/30/14 were $5,281,913 against expenses of $4,544, 953;[16] for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10 were $4,222,403 against expenses of $5,888,951; for the fiscal year ending 9/30/09 were $4,222,403 against expenses of $7,569,793; for the fiscal year ending 9/30/08 they were revenues of $6,603,905 against expenses of $4,898,261.[17] As of November 2013, the organizations's web site reported that for 2011 its funding breakdown was 52% from foundations, 21% from individuals and 22% from corporations.[18]

According to an article in The Guardian newspaper, in 2008 the NCPA received USD 75,000 from ExxonMobil.[19] ExxonMobil's public policy giving report for 2012 shows no donations to the NCPA.[20]

According to Greenpeace, the NCPA received at least $570,000 from Koch Industries in the eleven-year period ending in 2008.[21]

In 1992, the New York Times reported that the NCPA was partially funded by the insurance industry.[22]


The NCPA has been characterized as a "right wing think tank" by the People for the American Way, a politically left wing advocacy organization.[23]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator. 
  3. ^ Kolata, Gina (March 8, 1992). "The philosophical fight over what insurance should be". The New York Times. p. E5. 
    Jackson, David (August 1, 1993). "Pursuit of ideas primes research institute; Conservative Dallas organization is part of movement to shape national politics". The Dallas Morning News. p. 37A. 
    Warsh, David (April 28, 1996). "MSAs a suicidal shoal for GOP". The Boston Globe. p. A97. 
    McKee, Mary (January 20, 2001). "Bush tie may benefit Dallas-based group; The think tank president has advised the president-elect on health care issues". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. p. 21. 
  4. ^ Miller, Robert (June 27, 1988). "Is it too early to anticipate a spin with the '88 rotogravure?". The Dallas Morning News. p. 2D. 
    Reed, Steven R. (September 30, 1990). "A Texas think tank for 'us' and 'them'". Houston Chronicle. p. 1. 
  5. ^ May, John Allan (January 19, 1984). "A quiet Briton whose think tanks back a free market". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 9. 
    Henderson, Keith (May 3, 1985). "Think tanks spread free-market ideas worldwide". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 23. 
  6. ^ Jennings, Diane (November 30, 1986). "Russell Perry - A transplanted Yankess combines his understanding of business and the community to become a major fund-raiser in his adopted city of Dallas". The Dallas Morning News. p. 1E. 
    Aycock, Thomas Matthew (January 18, 2008). "Republic Financial Services". Texas State Historical Association. 
  7. ^ Simnacher,Joe (May 6, 2004). "John F. Stephens - Veteran, executive, civic activist". The Dallas Morning News. p. 9B. 
  8. ^ Ramesh Ponnuru - "John Goodman Knows Wehbycare Won’t Work", June 12, 2014
  9. ^ NCPA Board of Directors, July 1, 2016
  10. ^ NCPA Staff, July 1, 2016
  11. ^ NCPA Staff, July 1, 2016
  12. ^ The Case Against 401(k) Automatic Enrollment, June 30, 2009
  13. ^ Look For Law To Boost Defined Contribution Plans by Humberto Cruz, August 23, 2006
  14. ^ Pension Protection Act puts the onus on you, September 4, 2006
  15. ^ "Testimony of David A. Ridenour Before the House Subcommittee on National Economic Growth". 1999-07-15. 
  16. ^ National Center for Policy Analysis IRS Form 990, available at
  17. ^ National Center for Policy Analysis IRS Form 990, available at
  18. ^ "Financials NCPA", National Center for Policy Analysis website, accessed November 11, 2013
  19. ^ ExxonMobil continuing to fund climate sceptic groups, records show, , retrieved December 5, 2010
  20. ^ , retrieved November 11, 2012
  21. ^ "National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) - Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group". 
  22. ^ Kolata, Gina (March 8, 1992). "The philosophical fight over what insurance should be". The New York Times. p. E5. 
  23. ^ "Overview of National Center for Policy Analysis". People for the American Way right wing watch. 

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