I’m Michael Rennie, an Assistant Professor at Lakehead University, editor/contributor to this blog, and a former Canadian government scientist. As part of the federal cuts announced in May 2012, my program was cut and I was told that my services “may no longer be required”. Clearly, I was not happy about the decision, as I thought it was a pretty great program. I had also grown pretty fed up of the bureaucratic monster above me that seemed to be consuming most of my working day, obsessed with feeding itself with endless approvals and forms, and could find no means internally by which I could work to fix the problem. When I told people about what we faced as government scientists, most thought I was embellishing. Hence the blog, to try and better educate people about the situation that government science faces in this country. In April 2014, I finally had enough and left the public service. Besides the odd post where I feel qualified to make a contribution these days, I hope to keep the blog going with contributions from others in the federal public service who feel they can use this as an outlet to make clear the challenges faced by government scientists.