HHS Intervenes in Choice of Study Section Members

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Science  15 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5597, pp. 1323
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5597.1323

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In a letter in this week's issue of Science (p. 1335), an epidemiologist charges that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is playing politics with the membership of a study section that reviews research grants on physical injuries in the workplace for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. HHS spokesperson William Pierce says that HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson is simply exercising his prerogative to be involved in the choice of advisers.