"I have worked on regulatory issues inside the Beltway since 1976, and have watched five presidents come and go," says Rena Steinzor, president of the Center for Progressive Reform and a professor at University of Maryland Law School. "The [Bush] administration is the most hostile and aggressive toward these agencies by a couple of orders of magnitude, making the Reagan era look relatively benign."In one of the more egregious examples, Bush appointed George Deutsch as NASA press officer in 2005. Deutsch, a then 24-year-old former Bush campaign staffer with no relevant scientific training, fell under fire almost immediately for attempting to censor the agency's scientists. Most notably, he instructed senior scientists to refer to "the Big Bang" as a "theory," and he tried to restrict scientists' access to the media. He resigned in 2006 when it was revealed that he had lied on his resume about graduating from college."Despite the president's promise to bring business-like thinking to the federal government, the Bush administration has overseen, or at least permitted, a significant expansion of both the height and width of the federal hierarchy," [Paul Light] says. "There have never been more layers at the top of government, nor more occupants at each layer."