For more than 40 years, Government Accountability Project has assisted over 8,000 whistleblowers, some of the most significant being science professionals who disclosed censorship, gross waste of funds, and serious threats to public health, safety and the environment.
Working with Government Accountability Project, science experts have exposed such serious concerns as inappropriate censorship of climate science documents intended for Congress and the public, unsafe practices that threatened worker safety and the environment at Hanford, Rocky Flats, and other nuclear weapons sites, dangerous health risks of pharmaceuticals like Vioxx, threats to safe food from weaknesses in poultry inspection, and waste of taxpayer dollars on weapons programs justified by biased and incomplete research.
Science, free from political influence, should be a non-negotiable priority of our government. Evidence-based, publicly transparent science protects the public and the environment from present harm and is essential to securing the future of our country and planet. But in the past several months, government scientists have faced increasingly restrictive conditions.
For example, references to climate change have been scrubbed from agency websites. The Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, the National Park Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency have sought to ban employees from making statements or providing documents to the public or journalists. Last fall, the EPA barred three of its scientists from speaking at a press conference and workshop about the effects of climate change on the health of the Narragansett Bay. At the end of 2017, the Washington Post reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials implemented a word ban allegedly prohibiting policy analysts from using certain terms, including transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based, in budget documents given to the CDCs partner organizations and to Congress.
We do this by:
Speaking Up for Science: A Guide to Whistleblowing for Federal Employees
Working with Whistleblowers: A Guide for Public Interest Organizations
Working with Whistleblowers: A Guide for Journalists
- Educating employees, public interest organizations, journalists, students and others about the crucial role whistleblowers play in protecting consumers, workers, and the environment and the rights of and risks to employees who disclose violations of law, gross mismanagement, abuse of authority, serious threats to public health and safety or censorship.
For more information about Government Accountability Projects work supporting science whistleblowers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.