Obama Administration Follows UCS Recommendations to Protect Scientific Integrity

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Obama Administration Follows UCS Recommendations to Protect Scientific Integrity

Statement by Francesca Grifo, Union of Concerned Scientists

WASHINGTON - Today
President Obama issued a memorandum that follows Union of Concerned
Scientists (UCS) recommendations to prevent the abuse, manipulation and
suppression of federal science.

The following is a statement by Dr. Francesca Grifo, director of the UCS's Scientific Integrity Program:

"Just a
few years ago, more than 17,000 scientists across the country signed a
UCS-sponsored statement denouncing the politicization of federal
science, and today's memorandum is proof that the Obama administration
heard their cry. Federal policy decisions that affect public health and
the environment must be based on robust scientific analysis free of
political interference and manipulation.

"UCS
surveys at nine agencies have documented that, over the past eight
years, federal scientists have been working in a climate of fear and
intimidation. For example, 60 percent of the EPA scientists who filled
out a 2007 survey said they personally experienced at least one
instance of political interference in their work over the previous five
years.

"We've
reach an important milestone in restoring scientific integrity to
federal decisionmaking, but a lot of work remains to be done to ensure
interference does not occur in the future. I'm hoping the
administration works with Congress to adopt new laws, such as
whistleblower protections, that will ensure future administrations
cannot commit the kinds of abuses we've seen over the last eight years."

For more about UCS federal scientist surveys, go to: www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/scientific_integrity/Voices_of_Federal_Scientists.pdf 

For UCS's recommendations to the Obama administration, go to:

www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/solutions/big_picture_solutions/transition-main-page.html       

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