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SIOP Weighs in on the Importance of Forensic Sciences


by SIOP Administrative Office

On August 4, SIOP joined several other scientific societies to sign on to a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, urging them to reject deep cuts to forensic science research at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) that were proposed by President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request. Read the full letter here.

NIST is the federal government’s foremost agency for forensics research and the coordination of standards among law enforcement and scientific communities, and has recently supported I-O research as it relates to the topic. By signing on to this letter, SIOP is joining fellow leaders in the scientific community to protect these critical investments.

NIST has shown particular interest in funding projects that examine the workforce needs of the forensic science field. In July 2016, the agency sponsored a workshop, convened by the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that brought together I-O psychologists and members of the forensic science community to review the “current status of selection and training of forensic scientists who specialize in pattern evidence” and discuss “how tools used in I-O psychology to understand elements of a task and measure aptitude and performance could address challenges in the pattern evidence domain of the forensic sciences.” Numerous SIOP members directly participated in the workshop. You can read a full article on this event on the SIOP website. A report summarizing the workshop’s findings can be found on the National Academies’ website.

This government relations activity builds off the official written testimony SIOP submitted to House and Senate appropriators in April 2017 in support of funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), and further establishes the Society as a credible advocate for the science community’s government relations priorities.

To learn more about SIOP’s government relations efforts, visit the “Advocacy” drop-down menu of the SIOP website.