US Aims To Protect Scientists From Politics

Law360, New York (December 20, 2010, 6:46 PM EST) -- The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy has released new guidelines aimed at combating political interference in the Obama administration’s scientific undertakings, including provisions that would protect the selection of scientific officials from conflicts of interest.

The guidelines are minimum standards to bolster the “actual and perceived credibility of government research” and ensure transparency in federal departments and agencies, OSTP Director John P. Holdren said in a Friday memorandum sent to agency heads.

The guidelines are meant to foster a culture of scientific integrity and...
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