Government Relations Update

APA Executive Director for Science testifies before Congress on FY 2013 budgets for NSF, NASA, and DOJ

Steven Breckler encourages subcommittee to increase funding for psychological research.

On March 22, the American Psychological Association's Executive Director for Science, Steven J. Breckler, presented oral testimony before the House of Representative’s Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. Breckler gave an overview of APA's written testimony (PDF, 376KB), which was submitted for the Congressional Record, urging the subcommittee to support President Obama's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 proposed budgets for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA).  These proposed budgets could make possible increased funding of psychological research, including projects that address major national challenges that require an understanding of human behavior.  

Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has been a vocal champion of NSF over the years, and he worked hard to restore Senate-proposed cuts to the agency for FY 2012.

During his oral testimony, Breckler also encouraged the Subcommittee to provide increased funding for Department of Justice programs related to juvenile justice and crime prevention, which have seen dramatic cuts over the last ten years and are another APA advocacy priority. 

Government Relations staff within the APA Science Directorate will continue to advocate for overall research agency budgets and support for psychological research portfolios within the agencies as the FY 2013 appropriations process begins in earnest on Capitol Hill.