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National Association of Counties
The National Association of Counties Logo.png
Typenon-governmental organization
Executive Director
Matthew Chase
Gary Moore[1][2]

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is an organization that represents county governments in the United States.[3] It is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.

Founded in 1935, NACo provides services to the nation's 3,069 counties.

NACo's membership totals more than 2,350 counties, representing more than 80 percent of the nation's population.

With its headquarters on Capitol Hill, NACo is a full-service organization that provides services to its members. These include legislative, research, technical and public affairs assistance, as well as enterprise services. The association acts as a liaison with other levels of government, works to improve public understanding of counties, serves as a national advocate for counties. NACo is involved in a number of special projects that deal with such issues as homeland security, drug abuse, and broader access to health care.

County officials and their staffs also participate through NACo's affiliates. These organizations are composed of officials who share similar responsibilities, interests, or knowledge areas. To keep county officials informed, NACo publishes a biweekly newspaper, County News, with a circulation of 29,000[citation needed], that focuses on issues and actions in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country.

NACo's committees, whose members include county officials from every region of the country, are charged on an annual basis with evaluating issues and policies. The policy development process leads to the publication of the American County Platform, which NACo uses as a guide to deliver county government's message to the Administration, Congress and the American public.

NACo is considered part of the "Big Seven", a group of organisations that represent local and state government in the United States.[citation needed]


National Association of Counties and National League of Cities doorway in Washington, D.C.
National Association of Counties and National League of Cities doorway in Washington, D.C.

NACo strongly supported the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.R. 2919; 113th Congress), a bill that would require the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) to prepare a report each year on the amount of fees and other expenses awarded by federal courts to nonfederal entities when they prevail in a case against the United States.[4] The bill would amend the Equal Access to Justice Act.[5] NACo stated that it supported the bill because it "strives to create a balance between ensuring access to courts for individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in suits against the federal government and preventing abuses of the system."[6] According to NACo, the "legislation provides necessary transparency in an effort to stop EAJA abuses," but allows "veterans, social security claimants, individuals, and small businesses" to "still enjoy full access to EAJA funds."[6]

NACo supported the Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act of 2013 (H.R. 744; 113th Congress), a bill that would increase the penalties on identity thieves in the United States and change the definition of identity theft to include businesses and organizations instead of just individuals.[7] NACo placed on their agenda their intention to "urge Congress to pass legislation supporting action to reduce tax crimes and identity theft" such as H.R. 744.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Hon. Gary Moore".
  2. ^ "Boone Judge/Executive Gary Moore sworn in as president of the National Association of Counties | NKyTribune".
  3. ^ NACo | Introduction to NACo Archived 2011-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "CBO - H.R. 2919". Congressional Budget Office. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ "H.R. 2919 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b Chase, Matthew D. (7 August 2013). "Letter in Support of H.R. 2919" (PDF). National Association of Counties. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  7. ^ "South Florida Reps File Bills To Crackdown [sic] On Identity Theft". CBS Local - Miami. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  8. ^ "New NACo policies adopted at D.C. conference". National Association of Counties. 11 March 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.