By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC | June 9, 2017
In June, HFES joined a coalition of industrial, academic, and scientific partners on a letter in support of the Friends of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) advocating for a discretionary funding level of $339.121 million in FY 2018. The letter was sent to leaders on both the House and Senate Labor, Health & Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittees in support of funding for key occupational health and safety programs in the FY 2018 appropriations process.
The letter was drafted and sent prior to the release of the Administration's FY 2018 budget request, which proposed a cut of $138.5 million across federal occupational safety and health programs and the elimination of the Education and Research Centers (ERC) program. As a result of the Administration's FY 2018 proposal, the government would no longer provide funding to state and academic partners for "conducting, translating, or evaluating research."
NIOSH programs play a critical role in ensuring that workers receive the proper health and safety education programs, can work in acceptable conditions, and can avoid illness or workplace injury. As outlined in this letter, Friends of NIOSH are concerned with decreasing and preventing work-related injury and illness.
Sources and additional information:
The Friends of NIOSH FY 2018 letter is available at http://www.lewis-burke.com/sites/default/files/niosh_friends_fy_2018_letter.pdf.
More information about NIOSH funding in the CDC budget request is available at https://www.cdc.gov/budget/documents/fy2018/fy-2018-cdc-congressional-justification.pdf.
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 works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.