In addition to our regular monthly update, we want to share how COVID-19 has changed the way we work. Our office is closed, and our staff has shifted to remote working, but we’re still providing free, confidential legal advice.
The Trump administration’s response to COVID-19 is a dramatic example of the dangers of political interference with the work of government scientists. Its handling of this growing public health crisis violates key scientific integrity principles, such as suppressing research and preventing scientists from accurately communicating their research in a timely way. As a result, science is undermined and our health is at risk.
Congress passed NEPA to ensure that agencies fully and transparently consider the best available science on the environmental impacts of a proposed action, and use that information to make informed decisions. This process has worked well and provided key environmental safeguards for 50 years.
Today we officially launched a series of guides to scientific integrity at nine federal agencies. The guides will help researchers understand their employer’s policy and navigate the process of filing a scientific integrity complaint. They also reveal which agencies have strong policies and where the policies are lacking.