Congressional Oversight

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House Passes Protections for Scientist

From Union of Concerned Scientists: WASHINGTON (March 14, 2007) – The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which would, for the first time, grant federal scientists and contractors the right to expose political interference in their research without fear of retribution. The bill passed by a 331 to 94 vote,…

Two House Committees are currently running a concurrent hearing to discuss revised Executive Order 12866, the January 18 Order that looks to delay and constrain several federal agencies’ abilities to implement new regulations and provide guidance to businesses, doctors, and others. E&E Daily (subscription required) reports that the official in charge of implementing the new…

Political distortions of the scientific process have undergone a dramatic rise in Washington over the past six years, according to the Senate testimony of Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute. Gleick’s testimony (download – PDF) was provided to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Climate Change Research and Science…

Bill Brennan, acting director of the Climate Change Science Program, was spinning the White House’s treatment of scientists at this morning’s Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Climate Change Research and Scientific Integrity. “The administration takes the concerns of its scientists very seriously, and each department and agency is reviewing — and modifying, if necessary —…

The reports from today’s hearing, “Political Interference with the Work of Government Climate Change Scientists,” are coming in. Hosted by Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing will be the first of many such investigative hearings. Part of the story is that documents demanded from the Council on Environmental…