CON­CERN OVER TRUMP TEAM’S LAB RE­QUEST

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Aguilar

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.

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