Washington D.C. – The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents scientists and researchers in multiple federal agencies, strongly supports the new Scientific Integrity Task Force created by President Biden to shield their work from political and partisan influence.
The task force, led by the White House Office of Science and Technology, is scheduled to meet for the first time today and develop policies that will rebuild the public’s trust in federal scientific research and analysis.
“Scientists in the federal government made a conscious choice to work for the American people, which means they are motivated by what is best for the public, not a corporation and not a politician,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “That principle should never be compromised.”
NTEU has a long record of fighting efforts to silence or discredit government scientists, including the December 2016 attempt by the incoming administration to single out those in the Department of Energy who worked on climate science.
“We look forward to working with the new Scientific Integrity Task Force to help shape workplace policies that will ensure our government makes decisions based on the most reliable, peer-reviewed science and data possible,” Reardon said. “Frontline government scientists in the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and all across government deserve a work environment that respects their expertise, independence and adherence to scientific principles.”
NTEU represents employees in 34 federal agencies and offices.