Write to Congress about Attacks on Science
Disturbing reports are coming from several federal agencies about the potential censorship of science. A spokesman for the presidential transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that agency scientists will likely need to have their work reviewed on a “case by case basis” before distribution. Such a move would be in conflict with EPA’s scientific integrity policy, which prohibits the suppression, alteration, or impeding the timely release of scientific findings.
Other agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior, have instructed employees not to post to social media accounts or release other information to the public. This directive was not specific to science. [Note: a memo from the Agricultural Research Service that had been widely interpreted as a gag order on science was rescinded.]
The Department of Health and Human Services ordered employees to avoid “any correspondence to public officials.” Some members of Congress have spoken out against this gag order.
Although it’s not unusual for a new administration to temporarily halt press releases and new regulations, the orders from the Trump Administration seem to surpass actions taken by previous Republican and Democratic administrations.
Please write to your Senators and Representative to express your concern about the actions taken by federal agencies that impede the dissemination of scientific information.
Meet with Congress
Congressional Visits Day
Each year, the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC), a group cochaired by AIBS, hosts a Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC. This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal support for biological research and education. Event participants advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation, as well as other agencies.
Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits
Each summer, AIBS organizes an opportunity for scientists to inform the nation’s science policy. The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists to meet with their federal or state elected officials and allows policymakers to learn firsthand about the science and research facilities in their district.
Participate on a Federal Advisory Board
Comment on Federal Regulations