Panel Cites Barriers to Government Service

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Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2256
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2256a

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Why don't more scientists want to work as top officials in Washington? The answer, according to a panel of veteran government policy-makers, is a lack of attention to science by incoming Administrations, a slow appointment process, and outdated rules to prevent conflicts of interest. The problem is particularly acute among high-tech industry executives, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, which urges the next president to give industry a bigger place at the policy table.