On 19 November, AIBS wrote to Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, and Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), regarding a new policy that requires all presentations authored by BOEMRE employees to be reviewed by public affairs personnel prior to public release. The policy applies to both technical and non-technical presentations.

AIBS strongly encouraged BOEMRE to clarify its internal review policy for presentations to ensure that science is not subverted. “Without clarification, this policy could lead to violations of the Interior-wide policy on scientific integrity,” stated the letter. Specifically, the review policy could lead to the suppression of science or interfere with the ability of agency scientists to participate in the activities of scientific and professional societies, both of which are protected under the Interior-wide policy.

Secretary Salazar issued a department-wide policy on scientific integrity in late September 2010. Salazar’s directive requires Interior bureaus and employees ensure the integrity of science and technical products developed and used by the department, including providing the public access to Interior’s research.

To read the letter, visit http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20101119boemrescientific_integrity.html.

 


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