Nowak, now a University of Georgia professor, adds that transparency among government scientists is especially important because their salaries are paid for with taxpayer dollars. He argues that such a policy has no discernible upside but many significant downsides.
He’s not alone. The nonprofit organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility released a letter outlining a host of concerns the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy raises.
“OSTP claims that it seeks to promote a free and open exchange of scientific information,” the letter reads. “Yet, this poorly worded, overly broad provision clearly does the opposite.”