Scientific Integrity

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Roundup: Signs of Hope for Scientific Integrity and Public Health

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

The first quarter of 2021 began with a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and ended with both the Biden administration and Congress having taken important steps to safeguard scientific integrity and speed COVID-19 vaccinations. Read more >

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The Capitol Building Phil Roeder / CC BY 2.0 (Creative Commons)

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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The Scientific Integrity Act’s Reintroduction

, Research scientist

Last week, the Biden administration released a presidential memorandum to begin the process of strengthening scientific integrity and evidence-based decisionmaking. This week, Congress will get its chance to play a role in bringing science back to the decisionmaking table, as Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20) reintroduces the Scientific Integrity Act. Together, the memorandum and legislation could establish the strongest protections for federal scientists and their work we have ever seen in modern history. These protections would help to ensure that science, not political ideology or industry interests, informs our nation’s policies and protects people’s safety and health. Read more >

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Roundup: As COVID-19 Situation Worsens, Election Results Offer Hope

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the spread of COVID-19 worsened but the Trump administration continued to sideline science. Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election provided hope that a new administration will use science more effectively to meet this challenge and others. While the Trump administration rushed to finalize rules based on insufficient or distorted evidence, nonprofit organizations offered advice to the incoming Biden administration and worked to document problems that require rapid resolution. 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 >

Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
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