White House Issues Scientific Integrity Policies


  • Randy Showstack


On 17 December the White House issued its long-awaited guidelines on the Obama administration's scientific integrity policy.

The new memorandum to heads of departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government “describes the minimum standards expected as departments and agencies craft scientific integrity rules appropriate for their particular missions and cultures, including a clear prohibition on political interference in scientific processes and expanded assurances of transparency,” according to Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren, who released the guidelines. Holdren also is the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The guidelines require “that department and agency heads report to me on their progress toward completing those rules within 120 days.”