APA Testifies on FAA Research in House

In February, psychologist Deborah Boehm-Davis, PhD, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation in support of human factors research at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the FY 1997 budget. This is the third year that APA, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HRES), and the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences have submitted joint testimony to Congress, and it is the first year that oral testimony has been presented before the Subcommittee.

Dr. Boehm-Davis, an APA member and former President of HFES, presented testimony before Rep. Frank Wolf, Transportation Subcommittee Chair, and made a strong case for increasing the funds for human factors research at the FAA. She cited recommendations from the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), congressional report language, and the FAA itself.

This testimony, written in collaboration with HFES and the Federation, focused on the current $21 million FAA human factors research budget. One of the main points of the testimony was that federal aviation research and development must encompass more than just technology if the United States is to realize significant improvements in aviation safety.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Baldwin in the Public Policy Office.

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