Abuses of Science: Case Studies
Abuses of Science: The Next Generation
Unfortunately, attacks on scientific integrity and science-based policy are not just a historical footnote. While some progress was made under the Obama administration, problems continued, and under the Trump administration they appear to be getting worse. In 2017, the Center for Science and Democracy began compiling new stories of attacks on science.
From its beginning in 2004, the UCS Scientific Integrity program spent the next five years collecting over 100 stories of scientific integrity abuses from a variety of government agencies. Linked below are some of the most compelling—not to say outrageous—of these stories: tales of interference, suppression of data, muzzling of scientists, the well-traveled "revolving door" between industry and public service, and the stacking of scientific advisory boards.
Click on the table headers to sort the list by issue, agency, title or year.
Issue area key: Env = Environmental issues; NS = National security; PC = Pollution and contamination; PH = Public health; — = other
Agency key: Adm = Administration-wide; CDC = Centers for Disease Control; CPSC = Consumer Product Safety Commission; DOD = Department of Defense; DOE = Department of Energy; DOI = Department of the Interior; DOJ = Department of Justice; DOL = Department of Labor; DOS = Department of State; EDU = Department of Education; EPA = Environmental Protection Agency; FDA = Food and Drug Administration; FEMA = Federal Emergency Management Administration; HHS = Department of Health and Human Services; NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration; NIH = National Institutes of Health; NNSA = National Nuclear Security Administration; NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; OMB = Office of Management and Budget; OSHA = Occupational Safety and Health Administration; USDA = Department of Agriculture; VA = Veterans Administration.