policies to “ensure a culture of scientific integrity,” “strengthen the actual and perceived credibility of Government research,” “facilitate the free flow of scientific and technological information, consistent with privacy and classification standards,” and “establish principles for conveying scientific and technological information to the public.”31 It included guidance on the selection of candidates for scientific positions, independent peer review, whistleblower protections, promoting access to scientific and technological information in online open formats, and agency communications. It also provided guidance on public communications, use of federal advisory committees, professional development of government scientists and engineers, and implementation.

Each statistical agency is covered by its department’s scientific integrity policies. In addition, the principal statistical agencies developed a Statement of Commitment to Scientific Integrity that documents in a single place their response to the OSTP memorandum. The statement articulates how the Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency, Fourth Edition (National Research Council, 2009c), various OMB statistical policy directives and standards, and each agency’s information quality guidelines together form “the foundation for achieving and maintaining scientific integrity within and among the principal statistical agencies.”32


31Available: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/scientific-integrity-memo-12172010.pdf [February 2013].

32Available: http://www.census.gov/aboutus/pdf/Scientific_Integrity_Statement_of_the_Principal_Statistical_Agencies.pdf [February 2013].

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