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Ranking Members Johnson, Pallone, Cummings, Grijalva Urge Inspectors General to Protect Scientists and Data

Mar 3, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) –Today House Ranking Members, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee; Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6) of the Energy and Commerce Committee; Rep. Elijah J. Cummings (MD-7) of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-3) of the Natural Resources Committee, wrote a letter to the Inspectors General of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health & Human Services, Department of the Interior, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission urging them to be vigilant against any threats to scientific integrity by the Trump Administration within their respective agencies.

Ranking Members Johnson, Pallone, Cummings, and Grijalva said in the letter, “Inspectors General are provided with broad powers to act within their agencies to hold officials accountable for their compliance with the law. You play a critical role in the effort to safeguard taxpayers’ interests in ensuring a sound and effective government. The U.S. has long been recognized as the world’s leader in science and technology, largely due to sustained federal investments in research and development.  As the new administration takes power, we expect that you will devote your attention and considerable resources to ensuring that all federal agencies maintain their high standards of scientific integrity and independence that are essential to our nation’s continued global leadership in science and technology.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.

115th Congress