CONCERN OVER TRUMP TEAM’S LAB REQUEST
Twenty-seven members of Congress, all Democrats, sent a letter to presidentelect Donald Trump on Monday expressing concern over the presidential transition team’s effort to collect personal information from employees of federal laboratories.
The signatories, which include Democratic U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette, cited a Washington Post story earlier this month that said the transition team had asked for “a list of the top 20 salaried employees of the labs, the labs’ peer-reviewed publications over the past three years, a list of their professional society memberships, affiliations, and the websites they maintain or contribute to ‘during working hours.’ ”
Colorado is home to a number of Department of Energy labs, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.
The Trump transition team later disavowed the questionnaire sent to the Energy Department, which has refused to provide any individual names to the transition team.