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White House science office reports mixed progress on integrity

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has reported on the progress of the scientific integrity initiative that began with a stirring memo issued by US President Barack Obama in 2009. It says that fully 30 agencies have responded to a December 17, 2010 memo by OSTP director John Holdren that asked officials to prioritize the development of new integrity guidelines and report back to the White House in the next 120 days. “[This is] a gratifying first step to the assurance of scientific integrity across the executive branch,” says OSTP in a blog post. However, only six agencies have actually delivered draft policies. 

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