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EPA has a new plan to protect career scientists, but some are questioning its efficacy

by Government Executive | January 24, 2024
The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for employee feedback on its plan to protect career federal scientists from political influence and while early feedback from at least some of them is that the new policies are insufficient, EPA officials are pledging to be flexible and ...

Science group threatens lawsuit over OPM’s failure to implement limiting involuntary leave for feds accused of misconduct

by Government Executive | September 25, 2023
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit advocacy group, demanded action to implement the law last week in a petition for rulemaking, and warned if the agency fails to do so within 60 days, the nonprofit will file a lawsuit. In the years since the Administrative ...

First revamped science policy falls short of fulfilling Biden’s promise to protect scientists, watchdogs say

by Government Executive | September 5, 2023
The Health and Human Services Department became the first agency to publicly update its Scientific Integrity Policy, following an edict from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy to strengthen its protections for civil servants working in science and research. HHS ...

‘It’s Glacial’: One Agency Is Still Struggling to Overcome the ‘Assault’ on Its Workforce

by Government Executive | March 7, 2023
The department, which declined to comment for this story, has recognized it is facing a crisis. It is being asked to do more than ever before, but has fewer people with which to do it. In a recent workforce planning document, Interior said the infrastructure law and the GOAO will force it ...

At EPA, Staffing Crisis Clashes with Expanded Mission

by Government Executive | February 15, 2023
Tim Whitehouse, the executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit that is campaigning with AFGE in Washington this week, said that in addition to helping the U.S. achieve its climate goals, an expanded workforce would allow the EPA to more ...
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