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NASA Reaffirms Agency Scientific Integrity Policy

Dec. 16, 2011

Sarah DeWitt / Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington 
sarah.l.dewitt@xxxxxxxx  / dwayne.c.brown@xxxxxxxx 

RELEASE: 11-420


WASHINGTON -- NASA has reaffirmed its commitment to science with the 
release of a new framework on scientific integrity. The framework 
summarizes the agency's policies and practices that strengthen and 
uphold scientific integrity. This represents the first time NASA has 
codified these policies under the umbrella of scientific integrity.

"Integrity is woven throughout the fabric of NASA, and science plays a 
leading role in that," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "This 
framework reflects and strengthens our commitment to open, honest, 
unrestricted and fair science practices, and sustains a culture that 
promotes them."

To support this culture of transparency, the framework reaffirms 
NASA's public communications policy of 2006, which states NASA 
scientists may speak freely with the public about scientific and 
technical matters. 

"The ability to accurately and widely communicate our amazing science 
discoveries is one of our highest priorities," said NASA Chief 
Scientist Waleed Abdalati at the agency's headquarters in Washington. 
"NASA set a high standard with its forward-looking communications 
policy in 2006, and today we welcome the opportunity to join other 
agencies that are re-dedicating themselves to the highest standards 
of scientific excellence and advancing public trust in our 

NASA and other federal agencies submitted scientific integrity 
policies in response to a memorandum issued by the White House Office 
of Science and Technology Policy in December 2010. NASA's framework 
expands on the President's Memorandum to Department and Agency Heads 
on Scientific Integrity issued March 9, 2009, and specifies how the 
agency will address key issues.

In addition to public communications, the framework addresses 
professional development of government scientists and engineers, peer 
review and other topics. In developing its framework, NASA leadership 
evaluated the agency's existing policies and sought opportunities to 
improve and build on them. The agency currently is revising certain 
policies, including directives on the use of federal advisory 
committees. NASA will continue evaluating and improving policies 
within the framework through its formal review and renewal process. 

To read NASA's Framework on Scientific Integrity, visit:



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