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Joint Society letter urges Administration to use scientific advisors and protect scientific data

Leading scientific organizations are calling on President Donald Trump and his administration to ensure that an ongoing review of the role of scientific advisory boards is transparent and upholds the integrity of the boards’ science-driven information, and that accurate federal scientific data and information is maintained and made easily available on federal agency websites. The letter, signed by ASA, CSSA, SSSA and a broad group of scientific organizations, was sent to President Trump and the administration’s agency heads, urging them to follow the 1972 Federal Advisory Committee Act governing the establishment, operations, scope and termination of scientific advisory committees. It called on the administration to conduct its review “in accord with the democratic principles of governance.”