Watchdog Group Accuses Biden WH of ‘Gag Rule’ on Science Integrity Policy

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is under fire this week, amid whistleblower allegations of attempting to silence federal scientists within matters pertaining to the agency’s integrity guidelines.

Earlier this month, the OSTP issued a model scientific integrity policy — an initiative which includes a section which discourages contentious scientists “from making or publishing statements that could be construed as being judgments of, or recommendations on” federal policies, short of prior authorization.

The Agriculture Department instituted a similarly worded integrity policy, dissuading scientists from making policy judgments that might run contrary to the agency’s agenda.

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