Scientific Integrity Task Force Will Tackle Politicization in Federal Science

The White House Yesterday, the Biden-Harris administration announced the formation of a task force whose goal is to review and strengthen scientific integrity across the federal government. The task force was mandated by a presidential memorandum signed by President Biden on January 27 of this year. The announcement sets a 120-day clock for the task […]

Biden Has Reversed Trump’s War on Science in His First 100 Days

Photo: Jiayu Liang/UCS This post originally appeared in Scientific American and was co-authored with Taryn MacKinney, Genna Reed, Gretchen Goldman, Anita Desikan, Casey Kalman, and Andrew Rosenberg. Hours after he won the 2020 presidential race, then-President-elect Joe Biden delivered his victory speech to a crowd of masked supporters in Wilmington, Del. “What is the will of […]

Administrator Michael Regan is Bringing Science Back to the EPA

EPA This week, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michael Regan, told employees that the agency would “adhere to the highest levels of integrity” for science. The EPA also is accounting for attacks on science that occurred under the prior administration, which politicized agency decisions. This accounting will help to acknowledge the harm […]

Science Wins at the Interior Department

Graphic: US Department of the Interior Today the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it will be rescinding secretarial order 3369, which sidelined scientific research and its use in the agency’s decisions. Put in place by the previous administration, the secretarial order restricted decisionmakers at the DOI from using scientific studies that did not make […]

The Scientific Integrity Act’s Reintroduction

Anson Eaglin/USDA 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 […]