On 12 March 2009, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) provided comments to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding a proposed Presidential Executive Order on the federal regulatory review process. AIBS called on the President to include provisions in a proposed Executive Order that preserve scientific integrity during the review process for federal rules and regulations. Specifically, the President was encouraged to:

-identity the preservation of scientific integrity as a fundamental principle of Federal Regulatory Review;

-ensure transparency of the process to make certain that the conclusions drawn by federal agency scientists have not been changed for political reasons; and,

-specify that any substantial changes made to regulations that contradict the underlying science are subject to review by an independent party.

These comments were submitted in response to a request for comments from OMB published in the Federal Register on 26 February (http://www.aibs.org/federal-register-resource/20090227.html#009030). Although Presidential Executive Orders are not subject to public comment, the Director of OMB sought public input due to “the unusually high level of public interest”.

To read AIBS’ comments, go to http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20090312aibscommentso4.html.


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