Science Advice to Congress

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Date(s) - 5/22/200612:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The results of scientific investigation exert great influence on public policy outcomes. Congress can receive input on scientific matters from many different channels, but each has its own advantages and drawbacks. The present system allows Congress to draw on a diverse range of sources for input, allowing for a broad sampling of opinions and perspectives, but how those views are reconciled remains a concern.

This panel discussion considered:

  • How Members of Congress and their staff receive information about scientific matters that influence public policy?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of those modes of information transmission?
  • What options and alternatives are available to improve this situation and what are the limitations of those options?

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