DNA analyzers at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute.
By ANDREW WYNER
Yesterday, POGO sent the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) a letter expressing its concern that many executive branch agencies' scientific integrity plans do not sufficiently hold federal contractors and grantees accountable for their work. Agencies created the scientific integrity plans in response to President Obama’s 2009 Memorandum on Scientific Integrity (SI Memo), and the plans outline standards for government-funded science, including conflict-of-interest, procedural, and transparency rules.
While a handful of plans address contractors and grantees, POGO found that at least fourteen do not sufficiently cover federal contractors or grantees. POGO hopes that OSTP, the office in charge of implementing the President’s SI Memo, will ensure agencies know that they will not be in compliance unless they strengthen the integrity of all science funded by taxpayer dollars.
POGO specifically articulated its concerns, using DOE as an example, in its letter to OSTP: