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APA Council Representative Report Deirdre Knapp, Lori Foster, Gary Latham, and Georgia Chao The 170+ member APA Council of Repre- sentatives met in Washington DC February 19-21, 2016. The policies discussed largely grew out of organizational introspection associated with issues raised by the independent re- view (IR) report authored by the law firm of Sidley Austin and released in July 2015. Although there have been questions raised about aspects of the IR, there is also broad commitment within Council and the Board of Directors to ensure that APA rededicates to its core mission through policy and orga- nizational functional improvements. The following motions were passed: • Establishment of a work group to review organizational policies and procedures (e.g., organizational checks and balanc- es, transparency of decision making, appropriate oversight of governance members in the execution of their roles) • Establishment of a work group to devel- op civility principles and procedures • Amendment to Council guidelines for proposed resolutions to ensure they are consistent with APA’s core values and address human rights, health and welfare, and ethics • Prioritization of ethics, human rights, and social justice in revision of APA’s strategic plan • Establishment of a work group to de- velop guidelines regarding task force selection 154 APA has also established an Ethics Com- mission to examine how APA works to ensure ethical behavior and make rec- ommendations about potential changes. At the time of this writing, there is also proposed language to revise Standard 3.04 of the APA Ethics Code out for public comment for which SIOP is preparing a re- sponse. Because SIOP uses the APA Ethics Code, we will be impacted by any changes and need to ensure our voice is heard with regard to changes that might be made. On Council, one way to increase our voice is to combine it with others who share some of our interests through caucus ac- tivity. Deirdre Knapp is chair of the General Applied Psychology/Psychologists (GAPP) caucus. We are also active in the Coalition for Academic, Scientific, and Applied Re- search Psychology (CASAP) caucus. Despite the nearly $5M spent on the IR and other expenses, APA remains finan- cially healthy because of the large reserves upon which it can draw. With regard to the 2015 operating budget, the largest source of revenue (publications and databases) had a slower rate of growth than antici- pated. But efforts to trim expenses (e.g., through freezing some staff positions) helped ensure that 2015 ended with a small budget surplus. In contrast, the APA Practice Organization (APAPO), which is entirely dependent on member dues, is significantly struggling following several years of declining membership. April 2016, Volume 53, Number 4