The 12-page document, which can be downloaded as a PDF here, essentially formalizes integrity policies that have already been in force at EPA for years. It covers all scientific staff and is designed to:
- Ensure that their work is of the highest integrity, free from political influence.
- Represent their own work fairly and accurately
- Represent and acknowledge the intellectual contributions of others.
- Avoid conflicts of interest and ensure impartiality.
- Be cognizant of and understand the specific programmatic statutes that guide the employee’s work.
- Welcome differing views and opinions on scientific and technical matters as a
legitimate and necessary part of the scientific process.
- Accept the affirmative responsibility to report any breach of this Scientific
The draft policy also "establishes a Scientific Integrity Committee," which is charged with implementing the policy across EPA. The makeup of the committee is still under development, but will be responsible for "implementing, reviewing, and revising as needed" the policy.
The draft policy is open for public comment through September 6, 2011 and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information, contact info, and links to the policy can be found in EPA's news release.