ARI Spared Elimination in FY 1998

The Army Research Institute (ARI) for the Behavioral and Social Sciences was threatened with elimination this spring when the Pentagon released a budget-planning document that zeroed out ARI in FY 1998. In response, APA launched an ARI defense strategy that included lobbying efforts within the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill, and in the White House Executive Office. Highlights of this continuing campaign included:

APA's efforts were rewarded with good news in July when the Army revised its budget plan to include funding for ARI in FY 1998. The APA Public Policy Office will continue to monitor the situation, to work with other organizations concerned with ARI's future, and to educate Congress on the value of ARI-supported research.

Gerald Krueger, PhD, presented APA's testimony before the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on June 18. Although APA's longer, written testimony focused on FY 1997 funding recommendations, Dr. Krueger's oral testimony defended the research supported by the Army Research Institute (ARI) for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

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