Center for Progressive Reform

Good Government

Transparency and Integrity Should Be Cornerstones

For democratic government to function properly, the people need to know what their government is doing in their name. That demands both transparency and honesty from government officials and agencies. In recent years, however, some in government have worked to shield their work from public inspection, and not just where national security is concerned.

Similarly, scientific evidence and analysis has been devalued in recent years, with some government actors, particularly during the Bush Administration, suppressing politically inconvenient scientific findings. All signs indicate a renewed war on science and public information from the Trump Administration.


Excessive Secrecy in Government

For democratic government to thrive, its workings must be visible to the public. That fundamental principle has served the nation well for more than two centuries  in times of war and peace, bounty and bust. But it is under persistent attack.

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Defending Clean Science

In recent years, the scientific process has been polluted with politics. Corporations and politicians have too often sought to suppress scientific data that reflected badly on their products or policy views, even attempting to intimidate scientists. Read about CPR's work in this area.

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Politicizing the Regulatory Process

President Obama's White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is politicizing the regulatory process, and the data on who it meets with when reviewing regulations tell the tale. Read CPR's 2011 report on the topic, and check out the database of OIRA's meetings with lobbyists that we built for the study.

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Assault on Our Safeguards

As the Trump team geared up, CPR Member Scholars and staff launched an initiative to document and combat the Trump Assault on Our Safeguards -- what CPR's Thomas McGarity calls, the Fifth Assault.

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Making Good Government Principles the Rule, Not the Exception

Government secrecy and the integrity of science are key concerns for the Member Scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform.

So much of policymaking in Washington relies on scientific research, particularly at the regulatory level, where the vigorous implementation and enforcement of statutory environmental, health and safety standards depends on sound judgments based on clean science. But too often, the scientific process has been polluted with politics.

Moreover, transparency in government has too often been the exception not the rule.

Read about CPR Member Scholars work on these important "good government" issues:

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