Friday, November 27, 2015
"(a) Public service is a public trust. Each employee has a responsibility to the United States Government and its citizens to place loyalty to the Constitution, laws and ethical principles above private gain. To ensure that every citizen can have complete confidence in the integrity of the Federal Government, each employee shall respect and adhere to the principles of ethical conduct set forth in this section, as well as the implementing standards contained in this part and in supplemental agency regulations..”

Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, Title 5, CFR 2635.101


Welcome to NOAA's Scientific Integrity Commons - a place for NOAA's scientific community to find training opportunities, engage with peers, and to have open discussions with managers and leadership on the many topics and issues related to scientific integrity.


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 Policy

Scientific integrity is essential to elevating science to its rightful place in informing government decisions, and more fundamentally, scientific integrity is essential for democracy. The Obama Administration has shown its commitment to scientific integrity by issuing clear principles in the President’s March 9, 2009 memorandum. We have been operating by those principles as we worked with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and our sister agencies on developing guidelines and standards for implementing those principles. On December 17, 2010, Dr. John Holdren, the President’s Science Advisor and Director of the OSTP, issued a memo (pdf) laying out that additional guidance.

This additional guidance was timely as it meshed with our work to develop a NOAA scientific integrity policy as a benchmark for strengthening science within NOAA. This policy is founded upon our existing policies within NOAA and the Department of Commerce, but updates and extends them substantially based on the guidance from President Obama and Dr. Holdren.