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Cartoon showing Silence Advisory Board replaced by Science Advisory Board
Steve Moskowitz

Administrator Regan Resets EPA Science Advice

, Senior Analyst

Today marks an important day for Biden administration progress to restore independent science, as EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced that he would be “resetting” the membership on two of its science advisory committees, the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).  That’s a clear indication that Administrator Regan will make good on his and the President’s commitment to “listen to the scientists.” Read more >

Steve Moskowitz
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Appointing Qualified Government Officials Isn’t Rocket Science: Here’s How To Do It

, Senior Analyst

President Trump is intent on leaving the federal government in a difficult position, strapped for resources and capacity at a time when there is critical work to do to respond to a range of threats, from COVID-19 to climate change. There are many things the Biden administration can do early in 2021 to help remedy the damage done, but in particular, the appointment of independent, qualified, experienced leaders of federal agencies can speed up the necessary renaissance. Read more >

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As the Trump Administration’s Tiny Windows Close, Giant Doors Open for Science Advice

, Senior Analyst

In his first week as president-elect, Joe Biden instituted an advisory board of experts to provide science-based recommendations to respond to COVID-19. This could be a signal that independent science advice under a Biden administration is valued. After four years of watching the norms of science advisory structures eroded and undermined, especially at the EPA, it is hard to visualize the possibilities of a government informed by experts. Read more >

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What to Expect at FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting

, Senior Analyst

On Thursday, October 22nd, the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the FDA expects tens of thousands of people to attend virtually. I’ve studied and attended a good number of science advisory committee meetings, so I’ve put together some answers to questions you might have in advance of Thursday’s meeting. Read more >

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John Klossner

A Government for We, the People, Not Vested Interests: Recommendations for a 2021 President

, Senior Analyst

Holding a government office comes with the ethical responsibility to prioritize public service over private financial gain. But with the opportunity to hold powerful government positions comes opportunities to abuse that power. The antidote to such corruption is reforms that bolster and enforce transparency, integrity, and oversight. Read more >

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