Shortly after taking office, President Obama ordered agencies to create policies to safeguard scientific integrity within federal service. These policies are supposed to outlaw political manipulation of science, ensure transparency of decision-making, and protect scientific whistleblowers.
For the last 8 years, PEER has tracked the evolution of these policies and fought vigorously to broaden and strengthen them. We will continue to pursue the critical issue of scientific integrity during the Trump administration and assist scientists confronted with political manipulation or suppression of their work.
To guide scientists and other technical specialists, 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.