Lofgren Applauds Department of Energy “Scientific Integrity” policy

January 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today applauded a new Department of Energy (DOE) "scientific integrity" policy announced this week by Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The new policy comes after Lofgren pushed for improvements to the Department's scientific integrity policy in a September House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee hearing. "Compared to the scientific integrity outlines of some other agencies – it's on the short side," said Lofgren at the hearing.
"I'm wondering how we might move forward and use this observation in a way to further improve the agency."

"I'm pleased to see a robust, updated scientific integrity policy at the Department of Energy," said Lofgren of the updated policy. "These improvements will help protect the pursuit of science and scientists themselves from undue political pressure, and will be of the utmost importance as the Department transitions to a demonstrably anti-science Department head under the Trump Administration."

According to the Department of Energy, the DOE Scientific Integrity Policy document sets forth a policy intended to (1) ensure a culture of scientific integrity; (2) strengthen the actual and perceived credibility of the Federal Government and Federal Government sponsored research; (3) facilitate the free flow of scientific and technical information consistent with privacy and classification standards and applicable laws, regulations, and DOE Orders and Policies; and (4) establish principles for conveying scientific and technological information to the public.

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