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This Sunshine Week, How “Draining the Swamp” and Open Government are Faring in the Trump Era

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

We are more than one year into President Trump’s administration, and if you’ve been following the news, you know all too well that the whole “draining the swamp” initiative was only ever lip service at best. Despite issuing an executive order on ethics in his first week of office, President Trump has managed to appoint a slew of former lobbyists or industry staff to positions dealing directly with issues that affect their former employers’ bottom lines. Read more >

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Trashing Science in Government Grants Isn’t Normal: The Case of the EPA, John Konkus, and Climate Change

, research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

There is now a political appointee of the Trump administration at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), John Konkus, reviewing grant solicitations and proposals in the public affairs office. It has been reported that Konkus is on the lookout for any reference to “climate change” in grant solicitations in attempt to eliminate this work from the agency’s competitive programmatic grants. So, is this normal? Read more >

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Bringing Down the House: A Hostile Takeover of Science-Based Policymaking by Trump Appointees

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to critical applied science programs. In other words, the decisions these appointees make will affect everyone in the country. Read more >

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