The field of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) generates and applies knowledge of human characteristics for the design of safer, more effective, and more efficient systems.
The mission of HFES is to promote these goals, and foremost among its activities is its support of communication within and beyond the field via journals, newsletters and Web sites, technical groups, press releases, and other customary vehicles.
For most of its history, the field's impact on design was achieved primarily through either the direct participation of HF/E professionals in the design process or the management thereof. In recent years, however, HF/E professionals and HFES have become more active at the public policy level, recognizing that decisions in that arena have a wide-ranging impact on everything from the nation's investment in HF/E research to the practices adopted by entire industries.
HFES now partners with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC to aid in promoting the importance of HF/E science among federal agencies and legislators.
Lewis-Burke has developed a Guide to Federal Outreach & Advocacy for use by HFES members. It includes instructions on how to identify your member of Congress, methods for interacting with policy makers, and procedures for developing an effective message, among other topics.
For information on social science programs available across the federal government, please refer to Lewis-Burke's Overview of Federal Funding Opportunities for Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.
To illustrate topics of the sort you are likely to see posted here in the future, a list of announcements relating to public policy, as well as a list of HFES Bulletin titles published since 2012, are provided below.
Congress Looks to Pass Higher Education Act Reauthorization, February 2018
Congress Continues to Debate Autonomous Vehicles Legislation in the New Year, January 2018
Congress Passes Tax Reform Bill, January 2018
Tax Reform Bill Heads to Conference, December 2017
House Passes Tax Reform; Senate Bill Advances, November 2017
NSF Releases Solicitation for Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier Program, October 2017
NIH to Implement New Clinical Trials Policies – Effective January 2018, October 2017
Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown, September 2017
HFES Submits Comments to the Department of Justice on Forensic Science, July 2017
National Academies Report Evaluates Contributions by Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, July 2017
FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Signed Into Law, June 2017
Trump Administration Releases Full FY 2018 Budget Proposal, June 2017
HFES Signs on to Friends of NIOSH Letter in Support of FY 2018 Funding, June 2017
President Signs NASA Legislation into Law, April 2017
HFES Responds to a National Academies Request for Comments on Social and Behavioral Sciences in National Security, March 2017
Mary "Missy" Cummings Selected for DOT Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, February 2017
Election Update, November 2016
Government Relations Update: HFES Submits Comments on NSF Strategic Plan, October 2016
Government Relations Update: HFES Hosts Forensic Science Panel at the Annual Meeting, October 2016
Government Relations Update: Senate CST Committee Hearing on the FAST Act, July 2016
HFES Responds to National Institute for General Medical Sciences RFI, July 2016
Congressional Update: HFES Cosponsors Briefing on Autonomous Systems
and the Role of the Human, June 2016
Government Relations Update: Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Legislation, May 2016
HFES Highlights Importance of NSF Funding at Capitol Hill Exhibition, May 2016
HFES Signs on to Friends of NIOSH Letter in Support of FY 2017 Funding, May 2016
HFES Advocates for Human Factors–Related Research in FY 2017 Appropriations, April 2016
HFES Advocates for Human Factors in FAA Reauthorization Legislation, April
Government Relations Update: HFES Thanks Senate HELP Committee for Improving Health IT Act, April 2016