Secretary Price Appoints Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as CDC Director

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is an OB-GYN and has been head of the Georgia Department of Public Health since 2011. She succeeds Dr. Tom Frieden, who resigned as CDC director in January at the end of the Obama administration. Fitzgerald was appointed by Dr. Tom Price, who was a congressman from Georgia before he was named … Continue reading Secretary Price Appoints Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as CDC Director

Top Ten Deeply Troubling Signs for Federal Science Policy

Deeply troubling signs for federal science  and science policy are becoming increasingly evident. Climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt now leads the Environmental Protection Agency and has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Side-stepping science entirly, the Trump administration's 42-page proposal for repealing former President Obama's Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) is largely built … Continue reading Top Ten Deeply Troubling Signs for Federal Science Policy

Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method

On March 29, the House Science Committee convened a hearing titled, “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method.” The scientific method has become a central issue in the committee’s work this year. The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would … Continue reading Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method

NASA Transition Authorization Act Allocates $19.508 Billion for 2017

S. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which direct how federal funds should or should not be used. Appropriations set overall spending limits by agency or program and are typically made for single fiscal years … Continue reading NASA Transition Authorization Act Allocates $19.508 Billion for 2017