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Communicating science transparently and without government interference

Over the last eight years, our agency maintained a fairly open dialog with the public on issues of scientific and technological advancement. Our agency was able to do so because we looked to the research community and the peer review process for guidance about whether a research breakthrough was valid, important and of interest to the public. 1. To maintain transparency, it should be federal policy that all agencies ...more »

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Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request

Agency policies should spell out a clearly defined role for the PAOs, including timely response to media inquiries and providing journalists and agency staff with accurate information, but should also prevent them from being “gatekeepers of information.” Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request. However, requiring scientists and researchers to give ...more »

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Scientific Review and Comment on Government Products

Scientists and researchers also have the right to review, approve and comment publicly on the final version of any document or publication that significantly relies on their research, identifies them as an author or contributor, or purports to represent their scientific opinion or relates to their field of expertise. While editing by non-scientists is at times necessary and useful, final review by scientific experts is ...more »

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Scientific Freedom & Agency Media Policies

Agency media policies should respect that scientists and researchers have a right to express their personal views. Scientists and researchers, like any federal employees, have a right to express their personal views outside of a few narrow restrictions. Provided that scientists make an explicit disclaimer that they are speaking as private citizens and are not seeking to represent official agency policy, they should be ...more »

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Making US mecca of Top Scientists and Engineers in the world once again

Immigration of Scientists and Engineers from around the world to US is one of the most strategic strength of this nation. In order to be at the forefront of the inventions and innovations of the 21st century US has to make legal incentives for Ph.D. students in Engineering and Basic Science majors to stay in US and contribute to the advance of science and technology after they have completed their studies here. We suggest ...more »

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Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd

Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd-La Follette Act, which ensures unrestricted employee communication with Congress. The policy should comply with the Anti-Gag Statute and should provide protections against overly broad non-disclosure policies. It should be clear that employees can go to their agency's Inspector General Office ...more »

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"The Science Behind the Global Warming Debate is Finished"?????

US Senate EPW Minority Report: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=10fe77b0-802a-23ad-4df1-fc38ed4f85e3&Issue_id= Also a petition with the names of 34,000 scientists and experts that were against global warming was released last year. Of the names on the list, over 9,000 were Ph.D.'s. That dwarfs the 2,500 scientists that are supposedly on the UN's IPCC. I hope this causes ...more »

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Official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website

The official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website. Public affairs staff should have a plan for disseminating the policy to agency scientists and should conduct trainings in effective media communication that emphasize scientific openness.

 

- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda

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Making Government Operations More Open

Ensure that guidelines for the free flow of scientific information are implemented in a comprehensive manner.

The President’s Science Adviser should ensure that guidelines for the free flow of scientific information are implemented in a comprehensive and timely manner. On the heels of repeated problems with the publication of important studies in various agencies, there has been some movement in the right direction on policies governing review and clearance of scientific materials. However, the manner in which agencies adopt ...more »

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Level the playing field for innovators.

Let the merit of an idea or innovation be the primary reason for government support. Remove biases in funding opportunities that favor large institutions over small entities. Merge individual or small business innovation funding into the same pool enjoyed by corporations, universities, and national laboratories. In this way, we can revive the spirit of American ingenuity.

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Agency employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications

Agency policies should make clear that employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications and should not represent the agency on issues of politics or policy without prior approval from the Public Affairs Officer. Employees are also responsible for working with public affairs to make significant research developments accessible and comprehensible to the public. - From the 21st Century RTK ...more »

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Completely switch the US to the metric system by 2019

The United States is the only country that has not switched to the metric system other than Burma and Liberia [1]. The cost of not switching to the metric system is quickly increasing with the trend towards globalization. There are very strong economic and scientific reasons to switch the US to the metric system. In fact failing to switch could result in the US losing its competitive edge in science and technology, ...more »

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