"Congress’s watchdog agency is looking into the role that political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) played in picking new scientists and other agency advisory committee members.
In a letter that Senate Democrats made public Tuesday, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) official accepted the request last month by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to add the matter to an existing review the agency is conducting.
The GAO agreed last year to examine EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s actions and policies regarding the agency's 22 advisory committees, which advise the EPA on matters like science, health and air quality."