Thursday, April 25, 2019
"(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


Scientific & Research Misconduct Annual Reports

Scientific & Research Misconduct Annual Report FY12

Scientific & Research Misconduct Annual Report FY13-14

Scientific & Research Misconduct Annual Report FY15

Scientific & Research Misconduct Annual Report FY16


Scientific & Research Misconduct Annual Report FY17

Scientific and Research Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing scientific and research activities, or in the products or reporting of these activities. Scientific and Research Misconduct specifically includes:

  • intentional circumvention of the integrity of the science and research process by violation of NOAA's Code of Ethics for Science Supervision and Management; and
  • actions that compromise the scientific process by violating NOAA's Code of Scientific Conduct.
  • Scientific and Research Misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

NOAA's procedures for lodging and responding to allegations of misconduct are provided in the Procedural Handbook that accompanies NOAA's Scientific Integrity policy.