Congress to probe NIOSH re-org plan
As part of the CDC reorganization effective October 1, NIOSH is to become part of a mid-level "coordinating center" along with other CDC programs. Its director, Dr. John Howard, will no longer report directly to CDC Director Julie L. Gerberding.
Critics of the move fear it represents a de-emphasis on worker safety and health science and research and an injection of politics into traditionally neutral and independent NIOSH.
"I am not going to go along with the change," Specter told The Washington Post.