"Scientific Integrity Policies Now Dead Letters"

July 25, 2019

"Few Complaints Filed Inside Interior and None Sustained Since 2015"

"Washington, DC — The odds of scientists successfully correcting breaches in scientific integrity are slim to none, according to an analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Very few scientists report research misconduct under official agency scientific integrity policies and almost none of those complaints are investigated, and even fewer sustained.

Under an Obama federal directive in 2009, all science-based agencies adopted rules to prevent political manipulation or suppression of research and to protect scientists from retaliation for controversial findings. While the results of this directive during the Obama years were uneven, today the policies are largely ignored."

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility release of July 24, 2019.

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