FOVA kicks off annual advocacy activities on Capitol Hill
The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) coalition, of which the American Psychological Association is an executive member, kicked off its annual spring advocacy campaign on Capitol Hill in February. Each year, the executive committee members, including Heather Kelly of the APA Science Government Relations Office, meet with staff in the offices of all senators and representatives who sit on the authorizing and appropriating committees with jurisdiction over the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA). FOVA urges these congressional members to increase funding for the VA intramural medical research account (through which psychological research is funded), and to provide separate funds for research laboratory renovations and infrastructure needs. The president's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is expected to be a month late (in March), so it is as yet unclear whether the administration will seek any increase for VA medical research.
The group also continues to request that congressional offices weigh in with VA Secretary Shinseki on the agency's interpretation of federal travel restrictions, which has significantly hampered VA psychologists' ability to conduct and collaborate with others on important research and share results at conferences.
For more information contact Heather O’Beirne Kelly.