The Biden administration released a comprehensive plan Tuesday aimed at restoring integrity to governmental science agencies and preventing political interference.
The report, the first of its kind, was created by the Scientific Integrity Task Force, an interagency effort launched last year by President Joe Biden. The group is based within the White House, but collaborates with federal scientists across 29 agencies. Feedback from more than 1,000 people – citizens, scientists at universities and other organizations, and policy experts – gathered during listening sessions this past summer, was also incorporated into the new report.
The task force found that although violations of scientific integrity don’t happen often, when they do, they have a huge impact on federal policymaking and public trust.
“We’ve seen that when we don’t have good policies in place, and when they aren’t enforced, that bad information can get out, and that undermines public trust in government,” co-chair of the task force, Jane Lubchenco, deputy director at the White... Read more