Science after the election

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Author: Colin Norman
Date: Nov. 18, 1988
From: Science(Vol. 242, Issue 4881)
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Document Type: Article
Length: 914 words

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Science After the Election The transition from the Reagan to the Bush Administration got under way the day after the election, when President-elect George Bush named James A. Baker III as his choice for Secretary of State. It was the first of many similar announcements expected over the next 2 months, as Bush prepares what he says will be a sweeping change in the Administration's top political appointees. The transition period will also see an array of outside groups offering advice to the next president (see accompanying box).

Just how far Bush will reach into the subcabinet ranks in making personnel changes is not yet clear. But it should be noted that at least two posts that have direct responsibility for basic research programs--the directorships of the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health--have traditionally not changed hands during a change of Administration.

Erich Bloch, the current director of NSF, pointed out to reporters last month that he has a 6-year term of office that extends until 1990, and he said he has no intention of changing jobs in the "foreseeable future." As for NIH, although the director's term of office is open-ended and he serves at the discretion of the President, the only time the incumbent was removed immediately after an election was in 1974, when Robert Marston was fired in the housecleaning that took...

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