May 4, 2011
On 1 February, the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a policy intended to promote and protect scientific and scholarly integrity within the department. The policy, issued as a chapter in the departmental manual, provides essential details and procedures for the DOI-wide implementation of a September 2010 directive from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The policy also responds to White House directives requiring federal departments and agencies to establish scientific integrity policies.
"The DOI policy is impressive and thorough. This policy goes a long way toward providing a model for other agencies and nongovernmental organizations," said AIBS President James P. Collins. "I commend Secretary Salazar and everyone at Interior who worked on developing the department's position in these important areas. It is an impressive accomplishment."
The DOI scientific and scholarly integrity policy includes a number of provisions recommended by AIBS and other scientific organizations in response to a draft policy issued for comment last year.
To help advance the national dialogue about scientific integrity policy, AIBS plans a roundtable discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The discussion, cosponsored by the Consortium for Science Policy Outcomes, will bring together representatives from governmental and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the ramifications, enforcement, and transferability of the DOI policy to other government agencies and potentially nongovernmental organizations.
The DOI scientific and scholarly integrity policy is available at http://elips.doi.gov/app_dm/act_getfiles.cfm?relnum=3889. AIBS comments on the DOI's draft policy are available at www.aibs.org/position-statements/.