Scientific Integrity

A Shout-Out to Government Scientists: Have You Completed the UCS Federal Scientists Survey?

Dana Gold and Anne Polansky, , UCS

“I can’t afford to make any wrong moves,” a PhD scientist and career federal worker recently confided to us, adding grimly, “they are watching us closely.” Normally cheerful and extroverted, she now often appears tired and frazzled. She is not alone—not by a long shot. As federal science and technology (S&T) budgets are being squeezed, and key programs and offices are being zeroed out altogether, federal government employees are becoming fearful of losing their jobs, which are becoming increasingly stressful. Read more >

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UCS is Surveying Federal Scientists Working Under the Trump Administration

, research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

Beginning on Monday, February 12, UCS is administering another survey that will assess the status of scientific integrity across 16 federal science agencies. More than 63,000 government scientists will have the opportunity to anonymously share their perspectives on scientific integrity in the government. Read more >

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Trump Administration Raids Workers’ Tip Jars, Buries Data Showing That’s a Horrible Idea

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration suppressed data and analysis as part of its efforts to take away control of tip money from the employees—food servers, baristas, and many other hardworking people—who earned it. Read more >

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Rigor and Transparency as an Antidote to Politicization at EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study committee charged with reviewing advances made to the EPA’s National Center for Environment Assessment and its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program met at the NAS headquarters in DC this week. Over a day and a half, IRIS presented the full slate of activities that the program has been engaging in to modernize and improve the ways that the program is completing its hazard assessment and dose response evaluations. Read more >

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Science and the Law: Two Pillars of Truth Intersect at Political Boundaries

, Kendall Science Fellow

2018 is promising to be far more consequential than your average midterm election year. A number of landmark Supreme Court and state court decisions could literally transform parts of the country’s political landscape.  Read more >

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