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Introducing SIOP Government Relations

SIOP’s government relations and public policy initiatives focus on raising awareness of the importance of industrial and organizational psychology science and research in policy discussions, educating federal and congressional policy makers, and providing SIOP members with a voice in our nation’s capital.

In 2013, SIOP partnered with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading federal government relations firm in Washington, DC, to assist the Society with the implementation of its public policy goals, which includes advocacy for industrial and organizational psychology research and policy with Congress and federal agencies. Through Lewis-Burke, SIOP has a strong, consistent voice in Washington, which allows the Society to respond quickly when action is needed, and also ensures SIOP has a constant presence within the science community through participation in coalitions.

SIOP’s work with Lewis-Burke is led by the Society’s leadership group, consisting of the SIOP President, Past President, President-Elect, Research and Science Portfolio Officer, and Executive Director, as well as the Government Relations Advocacy Team (GREAT). The GREAT group helps design, coordinate, and implement the various advocacy initiatives and activities.

SIOP’s leadership group met in September of 2014 for an in-person government relations retreat, during which the group agreed on four goals as a framework for government relations activities:

  • Increase opportunities to engage federal and congressional support for I-O research.
  • Increase engagement with SIOP members on individual I-O projects related to federal or national objectives.
  • Increase external visibility for I-O with federal decision makers.
  • Increase activities to enhance SIOP members’ understanding of federal policies, funding, and process.

SIOP encourages its members to stay informed and involved with SIOP government relations through the "SIOP in Washington" column in TIP and through regular updates in the monthly Newsbriefs e-newsletter. We also encourage members to read the "I-O Priorities for the 115th Congress."

For more information about SIOP's government relations efforts, please contact the SIOP Administrative Office at 419-353-0032. 


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