Scientific integrity is the responsibility of everyone at NOAA, from bench scientists to the agency leadership, and we all need to cultivate a policy of honesty, tolerance, and respect
Cynthia J. Decker, NOAA Scientific Integrity Officer
Welcome to NOAA's Scientific Integrity Commons - a place for NOAA's scientific community to find resources such as relevant policies, Frequently Asked Questions, and links to external training
To promote a culture of scientific integrity within NOAA and to support the agency's commitment to a culture of excellence, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations Michael Devany has named Cynthia J. Decker, PhD as NOAA's Scientific Integrity Officer.
NOAA has also created a Scientific Integrity Committee. The NOAA Scientific Integrity Officer and Scientific Integrity Committee will support the NOAA Research Council, NOAA Chief Scientist, and the NOAA Deputy Under Secretary for Operations in their respective responsibilities for oversight and implementation of NOAA's Scientific Integrity Policy, as outlined in NAO 202-735D and its accompanying Procedural Handbook.
The intent of the policy is to strengthen widespread confidence - from scientists, to decision-makers, to the general public - in the quality, validity, and reliability of NOAA science and to denote the agency's commitment to a culture of support for excellence of NOAA's principal science asset, its employees. NOAA's Scientific Integrity Policy is founded upon existing policies within the Department of Commerce and NOAA, but updates and extends them substantially based on guidance from President Obama and Dr. Holdren. The NOAA policy establishes reciprocal responsibilities among scientists, their managers, and those who use scientific results to set policy through a Code of Scientific Conduct and a Code of Ethics for Science Supervision & Management. The accompanying Procedural Handbook outlines how allegations of scientific and research misconduct are processed.
NOAA's scientific integrity infrastructure involves additional policies and procedures to support the principles articulated in NAO 202-735D. The following Table, NOAA’s Scientific Integrity Framework & Supporting Guidance, provides links to procedures and policies for communication of research results with the media; communication of research products (including guidance on expressing individual opinion); and service in an official capacity to nonprofit organizations. These important Department of Commerce and NOAA policies make up NOAA's comprehensive scientific integrity framework.
TABLE NOAA’s Scientific Integrity Framework & Supporting Guidance
NEW November, 2016: Revised NOAA Framework for Internal Review & Approval of FRC (See Table for link, above)
Scientific Integrity Committee Terms of Reference