OSTP – We’re Making Scientific Integrity Progress, But Nothing to See Here

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) finally noted the passing of the 90 day deadline for progress on scientific integrity policies in a blog post earlier today (H/T Nature News – leave it to the British to stay on top of this).  I’ll quickly discuss what’s in the progress report and stew over what isn’t there.

According to the post, 19 entities (departments and agencies) have submitted draft or final policies as of last week.  This counters my assertion from last Saturday that most agencies missed the deadline.  But at this point, all we have is the assertion from OSTP that the policies were turned in.  Since only five agencies or departments have policies that are publicly available (Nature noted that NASA will simply be revising existing policies to ensure compliance with the directive), I can only work from that.

(The number of entities involved in this effort has shrunk, but it would appear to be based on some Departments opting to draft policies that would cover several entities_

Since this whole initiative has been a work in progress for 29 months and counting, and the subject of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, I’m partial to progress that I can see firsthand.

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