April 7, 2016

HFES Advocates for Human Factors–Related Research in FY 2017 Appropriations

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

On March 15, HFES President William Marras and Executive Director Lynn Strother submitted outside witness testimonies on behalf of HFES advocating for robust funding levels for human factors research in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The testimonies were submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense; Commerce, Justice, and Science; and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development to inform policy makers of the importance of human factors research and the benefits of continued federal investment in scientific research across federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation.

In the testimony submitted to the Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, HFES leaders made specific requests for funding levels in research, engineering, and development within the Federal Aviation Administration to reflect the requests made in President Obama's FY 2017 budget request. Investment in these programs would further research and development in the following human factors programs: air traffic control and technical operations human factors, flight deck maintenance and system-integration human factors, and NextGen air-ground integration human factors.

A similar request was submitted to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense in support of increased funding levels for the Army Human Factors Engineering Technology research program and the Navy Personnel, Training, Simulation, and Human Factors program. These programs are dedicated to the preservation of U.S. national security and the safety and well-being of American citizens. A positive response to these testimonies could lead to significant advancements in the field of human factors.


Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, D.C.-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals work to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.