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Let’s Toast to Open Government—It’s Sunshine Week!

This week is the 15th annual Sunshine Week, when nonprofits, journalists, civic leaders, and educators commemorate the tools that promote government transparency, like FOIA and its state and local counterparts, called “sunshine laws.” So let’s toast to FOIA—the good, the bad, and the bureaucratic. Then, let’s work to ensure our government makes FOIA better and transparency the default. Read more >

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For Years, the Federal Workforce Languished. Congress is Planning to Revive It

The last administration tried to undermine the federal workforce. That’s going to change. Read more >

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US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Susan Wynn releases quino into San Diego County

Federal Agencies Have Lost Hundreds of Scientists Since 2017. What Comes Next?

First, the bad news: An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists reveals that federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have lost hundreds of scientists since 2017. The good news: With the Biden administration already acting on its pledge to lead with science, a new day has dawned, and it’s time to get to work. Read more >

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Masks: What the Science Says, and What Lies Ahead

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, health experts have advised the public on the use of masks. Today, the consensus is clear—mask up!—but the whys and hows of mask-wearing have changed over time. Here’s what we know now, and what we must do to stay safe. Read more >

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Supreme Court Allows Census to Be Cut Short—and Considers Defying 150 Years of Precedent

On Tuesday, October 13, the Supreme Court ruled that the Census Bureau could end the 2020 census count early, marking an abrupt end to a months-long tussle over the Bureau’s census timeline. Then, only a few days later, the Court announced that it would consider the administration’s effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census, a move that would defy 150 years of constitutional precedent. Read more >

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