The Coming Wave Of Space Policy Advisory Changes

Trump officials act to tilt federal science boards toward industry, Nature

"Legally, there is nothing to stop the Trump administration from appointing anybody it likes to agency science boards. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which governs most of them, does not spell out qualifications for membership. (Some committees such as the EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee are governed by their own statutes with stricter service rules.) "All FACA says is you need 'balanced representation'. It says nothing about conflicts of interest or scientific integrity," Wagner says. "If you wanted science advisory boards stripped down, with minimal constraints, anything goes, legally you could do that."

EPA dismisses half of key board's scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels, Washington Post

"Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step in a broader effort by Republicans to change the way the federal government evaluates the scientific basis for its regulations. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decided to replace half of the members on one of its key scientific review boards, while Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is "reviewing the charter and charge" of more than 200 advisory boards, committees and other entities both within and outside his department. EPA and Interior officials began informing current members of the move Friday, and notifications continued over the weekend."

Keith's note: Of course, this purge will eventually reach NASA as well - starting with the NASA Advisory Council. Stay tuned.

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