These hearings spanned a range of federal agencies that provide research funding for psychological science, or in the case of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), an Executive Branch Office dealing with a topical issue (drug abuse) of interest to psychologists.
These hearings were the first step in the appropriation's process and provide some indication of how closely the administration's priorities mesh with those of Congress. PPO staff heard frequent references to psychology and behavior throughout the hearings, providing some cause to be optimistic. But the Senate has yet to conduct its evaluations of the administration's budget, so the picture could change. Your individual Senators and Representatives may play a pivotal role in shaping the legislative priorities over the coming months and, as a constituent, you could play an important role in shaping their thinking on issues related to your research. Look for additional Information and Action Alerts (and your chance to participate) as the 1998 funding story continues to unfold. Included on the PPO Web page is testimony from: