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Federal Scientific Integrity Policy released


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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released A Framework for Federal Scientific Integrity Policy and Practice, a new policy with a goal of strengthening scientific integrity policies and practices across the federal government.

The new policy builds on a report released a year ago, Protecting the Integrity of Government Science, and was developed with input from federal agencies and other  sectors, including academia, the scientific community, public interest groups, and industry. It includes a consistent definition of scientific integrity for all federal agencies and a model scientific integrity policy to guide agencies as they build and update their policies. Under the new policy, all federal agencies are required to designate a scientific integrity official. Those agencies that fund, conduct, or oversee research must designate a chief science officer. It also establishes the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Scientific Integrity to oversee implementation of the framework, and evaluate agencies’ progress.

Read the full Framework here.

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