Scientific Integrity Policies
On March 9, 2009, President Obama issued a directive to the heads of executive branch departments regarding promulgation of new policies to safeguard scientific integrity within federal service. These policies are supposed to outlaw political manipulation of science, ensure transparency of decision-making and provide additional protection for scientific whistleblowers.
These policies are slowly coming into effect. PEER has assembled detailed information about these policies and what they provide.
In so doing, PEER has –
- Compiled a display showing which agencies have what policies;
- Created a report card enabling apples-to-apples comparisons of each element of agency policies;
- Using this report card, rated all agency scientific integrity policies against each other; and
- Flagged issue patterns of special concern.
Below you will find a detailed report card and the text of the Scientific Integrity policies for 15 agencies with environmental, public health and safety responsibilities.