The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) has twice sought information from the public to improve federal scientific integrity policies. These efforts are in response to President Biden’s 2021 Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking which created the Scientific Integrity Task Force at OSTP.
In July 2021, SPARC submitted comments to OSTP’s first Request for Information (RFI) to Improve Scientific Integrity Policies outlining the ways in which open science is foundational to ensuring scientific integrity and advancing equity. The White House released a report following the RFI and an assessment of scientific integrity policies across the U.S. Government. The report stated that “open science is an essential enabler of scientific integrity.”
On April 4, SPARC submitted comments to OSTP’s second Request for Information (RFI) to Support the Development of a Federal Scientific Integrity Policy Framework. In the comments, SPARC re-articulated the need for an open science policy to be a cornerstone of the Administration’s approach to improving scientific integrity.