Guides to Scientific Integrity at Federal Agencies | Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Scientific integrity principles are indispensable to the missions and the functions of scientific federal agencies in the United States. Conducting sound and unbiased scientific research is essential to maintaining public trust in these agencies. For scientists employed at these agencies, understanding these principles—both how to abide by them, and what to do if they are violated—is a core job function.

Many scientific agencies adopted scientific integrity policies following a 2009 memorandum issued by President Obama, and a subsequent memorandum issued in 2010 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. These policies clarify how individual agencies interpret scientific integrity. In many cases, a policy also describes how a scientist should report a loss of scientific integrity, how the agency will investigate such claims, and the rights of both a complainant and a person alleged to have committed a violation.

These guides examine the scientific integrity policies of the main scientific agencies. They’re designed to help agency scientists understand how policies apply to them, what rights they have under the policies, and how they can avail themselves of these rights.

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The information in these guides is not a substitute for legal advice regarding a particular situation. We offer free, confidential consultations to scientists with questions about scientific integrity; contact us at (646) 801-0853 or send an email to to request an appointment.

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