Biden Must Take a Leadership Role Against Wildlife Crime

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1. Rescind EO 13875 and Reinstate Disbanded CommitteesIn Executive Order 13875, titled “Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees,” issued in June 2019, President Trump mandated the elimination of one-third of federal advisory committees with an aim of reaching the arbitrary total of 350. Some agencies followed the order, cutting committees like EPA’s Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) and the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), The Department of Commerce’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee and Marine Protected Areas Advisory Committee, and DOI’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee and CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s Board of Scientific Counselors and its Advisory Committee to the Director. Yes, you read that right. As the CDC director responded to a national public health crisis, he did not have a sounding board of leading public health experts to help guide a federal response, as had been readily available since 1962.Neither the White House nor federal agencies released criteria or a full justification for disbanding these committees to the public. This is likely not an exhaustive list. Thus, the Biden administration should allow agencies to bring back disbanded committees quickly so that they can get back to work on projects left unfinished and take …

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