For the third consecutive year, the Office of Management and budget (OMB) has recommended the elimination of all NIOSH-funded Education and Research Centers and all NIOSH-funded Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Programs in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The elimination of these centers would decimate our nation's ability to train future occupational health and safety professionals, shrink continuing education opportunities for practitioners, and undermine the research mission laid out in the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Friends of NIOSH is a coalition of industry, labor, professional, education, and scientific organizations that understand the value of research, education and occupational illness and injury prevention.
On May 13, 2013, more than 200 Friends of NIOSH sent the letters below to Representative Jack Kingston and Representative Rosa DeLauro (House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education), and a similar letter to Senator Tom Harkin and Senator Jerry Moran (Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education).
For thos of you who wish to express your opinion on this subject as individuals or on behalf of your own organization, you may wish to contact these members of Congress as well as your own state and district representatives, by phone, email, or fax.
Letters: FONIOSH sign on letter House (1).pdf FONIOSH sign on letter Senate (2).pdf