On 17 September 2010, AIBS commented on a Department of the Interior (DOI) proposal that would establish a DOI-wide scientific integrity policy. In short, AIBS expressed support for a strong scientific integrity policy but warned: “…the proposed policy…is inadequate. The policy fails to create a system that would protect DOI scientists and scientific findings from political interference or manipulation in service of a policy agenda.” AIBS also recommended a number of changes to improve the proposed policy, including expanding coverage to all Interior employees, establishing department-wide procedures for reporting scientific misconduct, and implementing uniform procedures for investigations of possible misconduct.
The full AIBS statement may be viewed at http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20100917september2010_1.html.
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