By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
May 17, 2016
On April 19, following several weeks of debate and a flurry of last-minute amendments, the Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 by an overwhelming majority (95–3). As reported in the HFES Bulletin update on April 7
, the bill includes a provision that would codify a definition of human factors
into law — an ongoing priority for HFES government relations.
The current FAA authorization expires on July 15, 2016. It is unclear whether the House will respond with its own version, after a failed attempt at a reauthorization bill earlier this year included a controversial provision privatizing the air traffic control system. If the House does not offer a version, it is likely the chamber will consider the Senate-passed bill. HFES will continue to work to ensure that the human factors definition and other HF-related provisions are adopted into the final agreement and are signed into law. 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.