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E-M:/ Bush's "burrowing-in" appointments



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Enviro-Mich message from Larry Nooden <ldnum@umich.edu>
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From the AAAS Policy Alert - November 26, 2008

"The Washington Post reported last weekend that a number of Bush Administration political appointees had gained high-level civil service positions in federal science agencies in recent weeks. The practice, known as "burrowing," is not uncommon in the last days of an administration. Among the examples cited was a 30-year-old political appointee at the Department of Energy without any scientific background who was given a position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where "he will work on 'space-based science using satellites for geostationary and meteorological data.'" AAAS President James McCarthy, quoted at length in the article, was strongly critical of such "burrowing-in" appointments."


The full article:
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/21/AR2008112103359.html>

This practice of appointing underqualified or even incompetent ideologues has been especially extensively by the Bush Admin, but this seems to be special surge to dumb down and hollow out government. Environmental agencies seem to prime targets.



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