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US Department of Interior leads scientific integrity effort

When the White House Office of Science and Technology policy issued a long-awaited memo on scientific integrity in December 2010, watchdog groups said proof of the effort’s success would come from actions taken by individual agencies. Quickest off the mark has been the Department of the Interior (DOI), which released a new policy today. DOI’s first attempt, issued in September 2010, was strongly criticized for letting political appointees who alter scientific findings off the hook. DOI moved quickly to try to take criticisms on board, and its final version, issued today, makes explicit that rules about sound science and not altering technical conclusions apply to everyone at the agency, political appointees included. 

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