Maintaining Scientific Integrity
Public agency scientists are under growing political pressure to alter, dilute, or suppress their findings on issues of controversy. All too frequently, government leaders repudiate or interfere with the work of scientists when evidence supports policies that threaten powerful interests. This is especially true for those scientists working on environmental and public health issues, who must contend with:
- The suppression of science related to climate change and energy uses;
- Altering or disregarding environmental impact assessments;
- Interference in research and staff decisions;
- Retaliation for conclusion that are inconvenient to a political viewpoint or that expose scientific integrity abuses.
For each story in the news, scores of other instances are taking place behind the scenes in government laboratories, in grant review sessions, and in field stations across the country. On issues ranging from climate change to children’s health to pollution permits to land management issues, public agency scientists are being censored, obstructed, and marginalized.
PEER provides free, accessible, and completely confidential legal consultation and counsel to government scientists. We work to keep government science strong, independent, and transparent so that it can support effective decision-making.
NEWS FROM PEER
Government employee whistleblower protections and strengthened scientific integrity principles are critical to address environmental and public health threats.
IG Found Managers Trampled Standard Procedures to Diminish Cancer Risk
The EPA keeps paying lip service to scientific integrity but reality, and the experiences of scientists at EPA, is a completely different story.
Strong reliable government science can only be achieved with meaningful reforms and scientists who are protected in their work.
Scientist Feedback Scathing, Not Shared with Staff
Leaderless OSTP Poised to Make Same Mistakes It Did under Obama
Crippling Staff Shortage in Chemical Safety Work Continues in 2022 Budget
The issues with Dr. Lander’s tenure in the White House are a symptom of a large problem with scientific integrity and research in federal government.
Overdue Report Admits Systemic Problems but Lacks Any Specific Remedies
Auto Workers and Consumers Exposed without Any Health Warnings
Instead of wasting resources to stamp out dissent, EPA needs to clean up corruption in its management chain.
Many in New Survey Report Misconduct, Retaliation, and Feelings of Futility
No Findings of Political Interference under Trump; Most Complaints Ignored
Assessments and Comments Routinely Overwritten, Obliterating Drafts
Zero Chemicals Disapproved in Thoroughly Broken Risk Assessment Process
Scientific Integrity Review Eschews Scientist Interviews and Case Analyses
Agency-by-Agency Approach Undercuts Press Access and Freedom to Publish
Managers Remove Elements of Risk without Analysts’ Knowledge or Consent
Scientific Integrity Policies Do Not Protect Scientists or Punish Manipulators
Political Appointees Enjoy Immunity for Skewing or Suppressing Science