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President Trump is directing all agencies to cut their advisory boards by “at least” one third.
The executive order issued Friday evening directs all federal agencies to “evaluate the need” for each of their current advisory committees.
The order gives agencies until Sept. 30 to terminate, at a minimum, one-third of their committees.
The article goes on to state the following:
Critics say the order is another administration attack on experts who provide scientific advice.
“For the past two years they have been shrinking and restricting the role of federal science advisory committees,” Gretchen Goldman, the research director with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union for Concerned Scientists, said in a statement. “Now they’re removing the possibility of even making decisions based on robust science advice. It’s no longer death by a thousand cuts. It’s taking a knife to the jugular.”
There are an average of 1,000 advisory committees with more than 60,000 members, according to data from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), that cover topics like disposal of high-level nuclear waste, the depletion of atmospheric ozone, addressing AIDS, and improving schools.
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Today’s order is the most dramatic step in the Trump administration’s escalating pushback to the advisory committees. https://t.co/5nJVaYwQCr
— Miranda Green (@mirandacgreen) June 14, 2019
There are more than 1,000 advisory committees subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which allows government officials and outside experts to advise agencies on technical and scientific matters.
President Trump just signed an executive order to eliminate 1/3 of them. pic.twitter.com/VOlVPpfRgh
— Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) June 14, 2019
President Trump’s new executive order requiring review of federal advisory committees could impact @uscensusbureau, which has 2:
– National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (NAC)
— Hansi Lo Wang (@hansilowang) June 14, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) June 14, 2019
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