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Bullet policy · Nov 23, 2020

Trump Administration Removes Head of U.S. Climate Program

On November 6, 2020, the White House abruptly removed Michael Kuperberg from his position as Executive Director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which oversees the production of the National Climate Assessment (NCA)—a scientific report on climate change that is congressionally mandated to be prepared every four years by scientists from 13 federal agencies.

Bullet policy · Nov 23, 2020

Lawmakers Raise Questions about New NIST Appointee

House Science Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Research and Technology Subcommittee Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) have criticized the appointment of Dr. Jason Richwine, an independent public policy analyst, to a new senior role at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Bullet policy · Nov 17, 2020

Joint Letter Supporting Legislation to Reverse Executive Order on Schedule F

Sixteen organizations, as part of the scientific community, would like to thank Majority Leader Hoyer and Representatives Connolly and Maloney for introducing the “Saving the Civil Service Act” to reverse the recent “Executive Order on Creating Schedule F in the Excepted Service” that would create a new classification of “Schedule F” employees serving in "confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating positions” and deprive these employees of their civil service protections.
Bullet awards, policy · Nov 11, 2020

Call for Applications: 2021 Emerging Public Policy and Leadership Award

Are you a science graduate student looking to make a difference in science policy and funding? The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. This award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy.

Bullet policy · Nov 09, 2020

Science in the U.S. Elections

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) has won the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections after securing narrow but crucial victories in the battleground states of Arizona and Pennsylvania. He is also currently leading in the vote tallies in Georgia.

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Bullet policy · Nov 09, 2020

OSTP Highlights Science & Technology Achievements during Trump Administration

On October 27, 2020, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a report describing President Trump’s science and technology (S&T) accomplishments during his first term in office. Notably, a press statement released along with the report highlighted “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as one of the achievements.

Bullet policy · Nov 09, 2020

Trump Administration Delists Gray Wolves from Endangered Species Act Protections

On October 29, 2020, the Trump Administration announced the removal of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act list, ending federal protections for one of the first species safeguarded by the Act and placing the responsibility of overseeing the predators on states and tribes. The delisting would affect gray wolf populations in the lower 48 states.