Federal Scientific Integrity Policies: A Primer [November 20, 2020]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "The results of research and development (R&D) help inform the decisions that policymakers and the public reach on a wide range of issues, including human health and safety, the environment, agriculture, energy, and transportation. For example, scientific information is essential to the review and approval of drugs and medical devices and the setting of air quality standards. There is broad agreement among policymakers and the scientific and engineering community about ensuring the integrity of the conduct, communication, and management of R&D, and its use in policy development and decisionmaking. However, recently, some policymakers and others have alleged that presidential administrations of both parties have violated the principles of scientific integrity. Assertions of such violations include weighting the membership of federal advisory committees toward a particular viewpoint or constituency, targeting individual scientists for harassment or adverse actions, appointing agency officials with significant conflicts of interest or antagonistic views toward an agency's mission or neutrality to science, improperly editing scientific documents, and using the budget process to impede the implementation or formulation of science-based policies."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46614
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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