NOAA Draft Scientific Integrity Memo Leaves Gaps to Fill

With less than 30 days left in the deadline established by the federal scientific integrity memo, I anticipate that the delays experienced at the federal level will be replicated at the agency level.  The Interior Department is the only agency to have released a policy since the federal memo was released in December.  (The Environmental […]

Scientific Integrity Memo Released – I Waited How Long for This?

On the same day that NPR Morning Edition airs a story (H/T Roger Pielke, Jr.) about the delay by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in releasing the recommendations for scientific integrity in government, Dr. John Holdren releases those recommendations.  Apparently it was a big enough deal to rate posting on the White […]

Scientific Integrity Memo Officially Coming Back to Bite OSTP

Nature reports that the Office of Science and Technology Policy is being sued indirectly over the scientific integrity recommendations that have yet to emerge from that office.  The suit was filed Tuesday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and comes out of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the group filed with OSTP […]

Ask Dr. H – Scientific Integrity Memo In Effect Since Last March (?)

In this week’s Ask Dr. H. segment (which did not run last week as Dr. Holdren was on travel), Jason asks about the long-delayed plan requested from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to help ensure scientific integrity across the federal government.  It’s a question that’s been on my mind since at least […]

Scientific Integrity Memo – Still Missing

Last fall I asked what was going on with the scientific integrity recommendations that President Obama requested from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  This was the lesser known executive action on science early in the Obama Administration.  Everyone was talking about the stem cell directive.  As of my post last November, the […]

Missing in Action: The Scientific Integrity Memo

In March the President issued a Memorandum directing the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to develop “recommendations for Presidential action designed to guarantee scientific integrity throughout the executive branch.”  The action was drowned out by the attention given to the stem cell memorandum issued that same day.  Dr. Holdren was […]

EPA Issues Its Own Scientific Integrity Memo

On May 9, EPA Administrator Jackson issued a memo to all EPA employees about scientific integrity in the agency (H/T OSTP Blog).  Keeping in line with the Obama Administration’s scientific integrity memo, scientific integrity is not defined in this memo.  While referencing the agencies previous efforts in this area, including whistleblower protections, Administrator Jackson notes […]

So Will Someone File A Scientific Integrity Complaint Against Secretary Sebelius?

In late 2011 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the judgment of the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent the availability of emergency contraception over the counter for girls under 17 without a prescription.  The decision was the culmination of a review ordered by a federal judge in 2009 […]

House Subcommittee Examines Intersection Of Scientific Integrity And Accessible Data

On Tuesday the Research Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on scientific integrity and transparency  (You can watch the hearing online).  Based on the opening statement of the Subcommittee Chair, Representative Buschon of Indiana, at least some of the motivation for this hearing are the persistent accounts of poor […]