OSTP Releases Scientific Integrity Guidelines
Last Friday, more than 21 months after President
Obama requested them, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
guidelines on scientific integrity.
The concise (four page) document elaborates on the principles laid out
by the President on March 9, 2009, providing guidance to executive departments and
agencies on the implementation of those principles. Among its provisions, it calls for agencies
to communicate scientific findings clearly, including an "explication of
underlying assumptions; accurate contextualization of uncertainties; and a
description of the probabilities associated with both optimistic and
pessimistic projections, including best-case and worst-case scenarios where
appropriate." Reaction to the guidelines was mixed, as some observers felt they
left too much discretion to the individual agencies in implementation.
Dec 21 2010, 04:32 PM