The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) is an advocacy organization that promotes attention to and Federal funding for the social and behavioral sciences. It serves as a bridge between the academic research community and the Washington policymaking community. Its members consist of more than 100 professional associations, scientific societies, universities, and research centers and institutes. In its many activities, COSSA:
Represents the needs and interests of social and behavioral scientists;
Educates federal officials about social and behavioral science;
Informs the science community about relevant federal policies;
and Cooperates with other science and education groups in pursuit of common goals.
Proposed FY 2014 Budgets for Social and Behavioral Science --Reflecting Stephen Stills' great song, the budget process continues to be a clear as mud! For what it's
worth, according to the Budget and Control Act of 1974, the President is supposed to reveal his
spending plan for the following fiscal year on the first Monday in February. Although previous
presidents have ignored this deadline, particularly at the start of a term, President Obama waited until
April 10 to release his proposals for FY 2014. Part of the delay could be attributed to the fact that the
FY 2013 appropriations process did not finish until the end of March 2013, six months into the fiscal
year. In the meantime, both the House and Senate budget committees passed FY 2014 budget
resolutions in mid-March. The problem is that the House set overall discretionary spending at $967
billion and the Senate at $1.053 trillion. Attempts to reconcile this difference have not yielded any
results so far. While all this has been going on, the agencies are still reeling from the imposition of the
across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, as well as some policy riders attached to the final FY
2013 appropriations bill.
The President's proposed FY 2014 budget requests $3.778 trillion in spending, which includes the
mandatory programs such as Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and others not subject to the annual
appropriations process, interest on the very large national debt, and discretionary spending. Under the
President's proposal non-defense discretionary spending would be at its lowest level as a percent of
GDP since the Eisenhower era in the 1950s. The Administration expects the annual deficit to decline
significantly to 4.4 percent of GDP. Early indications from the Treasury Department suggest that the FY
2013 deficit may also see a reduction due to increased revenues from the tax increase enacted at the
end of 2012. The President also declared that the sequester scheduled for FY 2014 would not occur
under his proposed budget.
Social and Behavioral Science White Paper on Advanced Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM)
COSSA and 21 research associations representing more than 350,000 members provided the following social and behavioral science (SBS) white paper in response to the ANPRM requesting comments regarding current regulations for the protecting human subjects in research, as set forth in 45CFR46, Subpart A (the “Common Rule”).