Groups advise fed scientists to document, resist interference

A specifically scientific federal workplace problem has emerged: Outside interference with government research findings, and publication—often by job slot shakeups and other indirect means—and the issue has brought a loud reply from advocacy groups.

Feds must document the interference.

An alliance of scientific and good government groups joined in producing a new guide, noting that delays and digs at agency scientific work—on climate change or environmental protection or medical breakthroughs—not only disrupts the federal workplace, but poses a threat to public health and safety.

“Carefully documenting events as they occur is one of the most important means for holding government officials accountable,” Louis Clark, the executive director of the Government Accountability Project said, in heralding the guide. “Any federal employee who suspects wrongdoing, or even feels uncomfortable in the workplace, can help ensure corrective action. A detailed, authentic record is an essential tool in the whistleblower toolbox.”

“Over the past year, stories of political interference with science have emerged from key federal agencies with disturbing frequency,” a press release about the guide notes. “Reports indicate that federal scientists have been moved around arbitrarily in their jobs, prevented from attending conferences or even instructed on what words not to use. In a hostile environment for science, how can federal employees protect themselves and uphold scientific integrity?”

The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, along with GAP and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Project On Government Oversight, came together to produce the advisory.

 

Reader comments

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

YES. Document and whistleblow. But the biggest problem here is no belief in science at the top right now. Belief only in big money, short term, hell with the future. Climate change deniers. Still you got to document and whistleblow!

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Ask the good folks at the DOE about retribution regarding crooked federal officials. They were routed out and careers destroyed, the same at FDA. Other agencies have the same stinking corrupt individuals who go on for years padding themselves financially and breaking numerous civil service laws.

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

The no fear act is nothing but a joke and should be fear if you have any common sense!

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

Dictators and the left leaning "politically correct" minions want censorship in every form possible, but people resist and dictatorships fall crash and burn to the ground. History does repeat it self! Censorship is a vile mask that chokes thought and creativity. Just ask individuals who left iron curtain countries and most would say freedom and the ability to speak ones mind!

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

If we allow censorship in data (or the data is re-aligned for political purposes) those responsible for the censorship should be thrown under a bus repeatedly. This is not a right wing all fits one doctrine like the feeble attempts of the former communist regimes that went belly up. Ask the Caesceau's how censorship did for their long-term benefit!

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