Maintaining Scientific Integrity
Public agency scientists are under growing political pressure to alter, dilute, or suppress their findings on issues of controversy. All too frequently, government leaders repudiate or interfere with the work of scientists when evidence supports policies that threaten powerful interests. This is especially true for those scientists working on environmental and public health issues, who must contend with:
- The suppression of science related to climate change and energy uses;
- Altering or disregarding environmental impact assessments;
- Interference in research and staff decisions;
- Retaliation for conclusion that are inconvenient to a political viewpoint or that expose scientific integrity abuses.
For each story in the news, scores of other instances are taking place behind the scenes in government laboratories, in grant review sessions, and in field stations across the country. On issues ranging from climate change to children’s health to pollution permits to land management issues, public agency scientists are being censored, obstructed, and marginalized.
PEER provides free, accessible, and completely confidential legal consultation and counsel to government scientists. We work to keep government science strong, independent, and transparent so that it can support effective decision-making.
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String-Pulling to Keep Federal Stimulus Dollars by Shelving Eco-Study Requirements
DEP Sued to Force Release of Lobbying Messages for Industry-Backed Scientists
Elimination of “Policy Review” for Technical Articles to Reduce Political Interference
Industry Allowed Private Meetings to Lobby for Changes in Camden Study
Jackson Sought to Have New Jersey PFOA Study Pulled from Publication
Only One Jeopardy Opinion in Nearly 6,000 Consultations as Staff Told to Refrain
Fish & Wildlife Service Southeast Region Employees Saw Interference and Reprisal
Embarrassing Chromium Study Prompts Management Review of Scientific Findings
Bush-Era “Transformation” of EPA Science Arm Rests on New “Business Model”
New Whistleblower Protections and Other Rules Slated for President’s Desk by July
Protest on Oil Industry Bias in Sea Grant Seen to “Cause Problems Nationally”
Early Test for Interior Secretary Salazar Pledges of Ethics and Scientific Integrity
Concrete, Enforceable Policies Needed to Back Scientific and Legal Reform Pledges
Commerce Prior Review Policy Does Not Apply to National Weather Service Workers
Long-Term Research Plans Ditched; New Round of Buyouts; New “Brand” Emphasis
EPA Employees Want Committed Leaders Able to Resist Political Pressure
Supreme Court Sonar Ruling Product of NOAA Appointee with Track Record
Proposed Changes Never Reviewed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Call for Congress to Close the Federal Register Now
No Review of New Greenhouse Gas Pollution for Impact on Species or Habitat
Colorado River to Be Managed for Maximum Power Generation Not Wildlife Benefit