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White House launches taskforce on scientific integrity

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Cross-government group set to make integrity “paramount in federal governance for years to come”

The administration of US president Joe Biden convened its new taskforce on science integrity for the first time on 14 May.

Run by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the 46-member group brings together federal agencies and departments to review science-integrity policies and practices across government.

The White House said the group would “lift up the voices of federal scientists of many perspectives and backgrounds” and “ensure that scientific integrity is paramount in federal governance for years to come”.

It is led by the OSTP deputy director for science and society, Alondra Nelson, with her counterpart for climate and energy, Jane Lubchenco.

Four other co-chairs are drawn from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, the US Geological Survey and the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine.

“It is important to affirm, strengthen and safeguard the policies, procedures, and diverse and inclusive communities of practice that facilitate the production of rigorous research evidence, free from interference or intervention,” said Nelson and Lubchenco.