Biden administration formally launches task force to ensure scientific decisions are free from political influence
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The Biden administration announced Monday the formal launch of its Scientific Integrity Task Force which will review the federal government's scientific policies to ensure they are free from inappropriate political influence.
(CNN)The Biden administration announced Monday the formal launch of its Scientific Integrity Task Force which will review the federal government's scientific policies to ensure they are free from inappropriate political influence.
In a statement Monday, OSTP said mobilizing the task force "would the lift up the voices of Federal scientists of many perspectives and backgrounds, in order to ensure that scientific integrity is paramount in Federal governance for years to come. "
An administration official told CNN in April that the task force's review is less about Trump's actions to interfere in scientific decisions and more about protecting science in the federal government going forward.
Trump was also criticized for appointing a number of climate skeptics to key posts, including David Legates, a longtime climate change skeptic who was tapped to help run the federal agency charged with producing "much of the climate research funded" by the government, according to The Washington Post.
And earlier this year, a review of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Covid-19 guidance found that some of the agency's guidance during the Trump administration was not grounded in science or free from undue influence, according to a statement from a CDC spokesperson.