Oversight

Employees Report Threatening Anti-LGBT Harassment, Retaliation at National Science Foundation

An outside investigator recently substantiated allegations that a career manager made sexually explicit jokes and bullied LGBT employees.

Management

Trump’s Undermining of Federal Scientists Signals Need for Systemic Overhaul, Bipartisan Group Says

Career federal scientists are increasingly prohibited from doing their jobs freely, report finds, imperiling U.S. democracy.

Oversight

Trump’s USDA Is Letting Factories With Troubling Safety Records Slaughter Chickens Even Faster

Workers are getting injured, but the Department of Agriculture says their safety is not its responsibility.

Management

Repealing the Clean Water Rule will Swamp the Trump Administration in Wetland Litigation

Importantly, EPA does not dispute any findings of the peer-reviewed scientific studies that the Obama administration cited to support its approach.

Management

Here’s How a USDA Science Agency’s Relocation Will Reduce Its Productivity

Most Economic Research Service mandatory reports will go out on time, albeit with less information, but other reports will be delayed or discontinued, internal memo says.

Workforce

EPA Chief Says He's 'Absolutely' Concerned About Brain Drain at the Agency

While EPA has consistently pushed to slash its own workforce, administrator says he wants to prevent a mass exodus.

Management

Senate Panel Would Not Block USDA Science Agency Relocations in Spending Bill

Democrats vow to continue to fight to stop the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture from moving to Kansas City later this year.

Management

Days Before Planned Move, USDA Delays Relocation Date for Some Science Agency Employees

Feds at two research agencies have begun receiving letters pushing back the report date to Kansas City, but that decision could imperil employees' $10,000 buyouts.

Management

How a CDC Program Is Changing Behavior to Reduce Mine Worker Injuries

Thousands of miners are injured each year; scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sought to learn why, and then do something about it.

Oversight

Lawmakers Call On Commerce Chief to Resign Over Alleged Threats to Fire Top NOAA Officials

Ross is said to have threatened to fire officials if they would not fix a statement contradicting the president’s claims Hurricane Dorian was likely to hit Alabama.

Management

Analysis: NOAA Politicized the Weather Report

The scientific agency sided with the president’s inaccurate forecast over the work of its professional staff.

Tech

Why Soviets Sent Dogs to Space While Americans Used Primates

Researchers didn’t know how people would react to weightlessness. So they sent animals first.

Management

When a Hurricane Hits, Neighbors Are the Real First Responders

The best determinant of how well a community fares in a storm is often not what happens after landfall, but what it was like before the wind and water hit.

Management

The Trump Administration Sides With Nurses Who Object to Abortion

HHS says the University of Vermont Medical Center required staffers to violate their conscience. The case underscores Trump’s religious-freedom agenda.

Management

USDA Taps Retired Former Employees to Cope With Mass Exodus at Science Agencies

With the majority of employees at the Economic Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture slated to leave rather than relocate to Kansas City, the department is offering jobs to retired employees—in Washington, D.C.

Management

Viewpoint: Trump Wants to Nuke His Way Out of Big Problems

The president seeks bumper-sticker solutions to complicated problems, from hurricane prevention to border walls.

Management

Better Data Would Ease Gaps In Rural Public Health

Some of the data rural public health officials need to better serve their communities exists but is hard to access and use.

Management

DEA to Expand the Number of Legal Marijuana Growers

Currently, only one facility can legally grow pot for federally backed research.