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Multiple US agencies submit scientific integrity policies

HoldrenObama2.jpgNineteen federal agencies have sent policies on scientific integrity to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) by a 5 August deadline, the office said in a blog post today.

The submissions are part of US President Barack Obama’s initiative on scientific integrity being coordinated by OSTP director John Holdren.

The latest respondents include key science funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes the National Institutes of Health), and the US Department of Energy (DOE).

The policies themselves are not being made public by OSTP. Still, at least four of the agencies have recently chosen to release policies publicly, including the US Department of Interior (DOI), which made its policy final in February, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which have released drafts.

OSTP also says that NASA, and three further agencies have submitted final policies, while the rest are still in draft form.

The policies that have been released are drawing a mixed response. DOI’s policy has been praised, but EPA drew criticism for its draft earlier this week.

While OSTP says NASA submitted a final policy, a report to OSTP posted by NASA on 5 August indicates the agency believes it already has sufficient policies on the books to ensure scientific integrity, although it will be making some revisions to bring it in line with OSTP guidance.

Image: OSTP Director John Holdren with US President Barack Obama / White House

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