WASHINGTON -- The Government Finance Officers Association is planning to move its research arm from Washington to its Chicago headquarters next year, the association's executive director, Jeffrey L. Esser, said yesterday.

The decision was made by the association's executive board at a meeting last month, Mr. Esser said. The board wanted the research center to be "closer to other operations of the GFOA so it can better relate to" the group's training, software, publications, and conference functions, he added.

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