However, some say the framework does not go far enough. GovExec reports Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says the administration made a mistake “in not identifying specific, new procedures to guarantee career scientists would not face retaliation for presenting findings that may conflict with an administration’s agenda.”
“In the past, agencies could suppress unwelcome scientific research and blackball the researcher because there was no rule against it,” said PEER General Counsel Paula Dinerstein. “The White House has the opportunity to create enforceable safeguards for scientific integrity but appears to be blowing it again.”
Scientific integrity policies were last updated by the Obama Administration in 2010.