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Secrecy News -- 01/12/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 12:50:08 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Fwd Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 07:23:52 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 01/12/07



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 5
January 12, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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**	OMB BACKS AWAY FROM DISPUTED RISK ASSESSMENT POLICY
**	ENHANCED WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS PROPOSED
**	EVEN MORE FROM CRS


OMB BACKS AWAY FROM DISPUTED RISK ASSESSMENT POLICY

In an uncommon victory for the objectivity of the scientific
advisory process, the Office of Management and Budget said that
it would not implement a proposed new policy on regulatory risk
assessments after a National Academy of Sciences panel said the
policy was "fundamentally flawed."

Last January the OMB issued a proposed "bulletin" that
prescribed new, centralized procedures for performing regulatory
risk assessments.

But "the proposed definition of risk assessment in the OMB
bulletin departs without justification from long-established
concepts and practices," the NAS panel said.

What's worse, the proposed changes would mean that "agency risk
assessments are more susceptible to being manipulated to achieve
a predetermined result."

Accordingly, the NAS panel recommended that the OMB bulletin be
withdrawn. See this January 11 news release on the NAS report:

http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordI
D=11811

In light of the NAS critique, the OMB will not finalize the
proposed bulletin, Rick Weiss of the Washington Post reported
today.

	http://tinyurl.com/ymmcrw

OMB Watch has further background on the OMB proposal and the
resulting controversy here:

http://www.ombwatch.org/article/blogs/entry/2669/19


ENHANCED WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS PROPOSED

A bill to amend and strengthen the Whistleblower Protection Act
was introduced yesterday by Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and
several bipartisan Senate colleagues.

"Our legislation ensures that Federal whistleblowers are
protected from retaliatory action when notifying the public and
government leaders of waste, fraud, and abuse," Senator Akaka
said.

"If we fail to protect whistleblowers, then our efforts to
improve government management, protect the public, and secure
the nation will also fail."

See Introduction of the "Federal Employee Protection of
Disclosures Act," January 11:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2007/s274.html


EVEN MORE FROM CRS

Some noteworthy, newly updated products of the Congressional
Research Service that are not readily available in the public
domain include the following.

"Congressional Oversight Manual," updated January 3, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30240.pdf

"Paperwork Reduction Act Reauthorization and Government
Information Management Issues," updated January 4, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RL30590.pdf

"Nuclear Arms Control: The Strategic Offensive Reductions
Treaty," updated January 3, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL31448.pdf

"Proliferation Control Regimes: Background and Status," updated
December 26, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL31559.pdf




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