Washington Update

OSTP Seeks Input on Federal Scientific Integrity Policies

By: Yvette Seger
Thursday, July 22, 2021

To support efforts to improve the effectiveness of federal scientific integrity policies, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the state of current policies and opportunities for improvement. Comments will inform the work of the National Science and Technology Council’s Scientific Integrity Task Force, a group charged with pursuing strategies to address President Biden’s call to action to strengthen federal science in the Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking, issued on January 27.

The RFI seeks input on five topics, ranging from the perception of current federal policies in promoting public trust in science to strategies OSTP and individual science agencies could adopt to improve communication of scientific information and how it is applied to policy development. Feedback is also requested on effective policies and practices that could be adopted to integrate scientific integrity principles into the training of the federal scientific workforce. Comments are due July 28, on or before 5 pm ET.