The only things in the government that should be secret are A) National Security Operations B) Ongoing Criminal Investigations – and those should be public as soon as the trial is complete or investigation is complete if no trial.
All research and rule making should be open and transparent to the public at all times.
By Diane Katz ~
A proposed rule announced Tuesday by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is intended to bring much-needed transparency to agency rule-making.
The environmental lobby is positively apoplectic about the proposal (naturally), even though it aligns perfectly with its long-held commitment to the public’s “right to know” principle.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a House appropriations subcommittee on April 26, 2018. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters/Newscom)
The proposed regulation would require the EPA to ensure that the scientific data and research models “pivotal” to significant regulation are “publicly available in a manner sufficient for validation and analysis.”
Despite existing rules on government use of scientific research, federal agencies routinely mask politically driven regulations as scientifically-based imperatives. The supposed science underlying these rules is often hidden from the general public and unavailable for vetting by experts. But credible science and transparency are necessary elements of sound…
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