General Counsel Kerry Implements the Administration Policy on Scientific Integrity

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On June 15, 2011, General Counsel Kerry implemented the Administration policy on scientific integrity by issuing a memorandum. The memorandum adopts the policy recommendations of Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), who issued an Administration policy on scientific integrity, implementing a Presidential Memorandum of March 9, 2009. The OSTP memo requires executive Departments and agencies to develop scientific integrity policies that implement four broad principles:

  1. strengthen the foundations of scientific integrity;
  2. enhance openness and transparency in the communication of government science;
  3. guide the operation of federal advisory committees tasked with giving scientific advice, in line with a set of five specified criteria;
  4. promote the professional development of government scientists and engineers.

This memorandum adopts these directives as the policy of the Department of Commerce so as to ensure the highest integrity of science and scientific products developed and utilized by the Department and its bureaus.  The full memorandum can be found here Scientific Integrity Memorandum or attached below.