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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Office of the Science Advisor Webinar June 20, 2013. SCIENCE INTEGRITY IN THE FWS Rick Coleman FWS Senior Science Advisor and Science Integrity Officer. Where do you work?. A. Field station B. Regional Office C. Headquarters D. Other.

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science integrity in the fws rick coleman fws senior science advisor and science integrity officer

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of the Science Advisor

Webinar

June 20, 2013

SCIENCE INTEGRITY IN THE FWS

Rick Coleman

FWS Senior Science Advisor and Science Integrity Officer

where do you work
Where do you work?
  • A. Field station
  • B. Regional Office
  • C. Headquarters
  • D. Other
what service program do you work in
What Service Program do you work in?
  • A. Ecological Services
  • B. Migratory Birds
  • C. Refuges/Partners for Fish and Wildlife
  • D. Fisheries
  • E. Law Enforcement
  • F. Science Applications/LCCs
  • G. Administration
if you had a concern about scientific misconduct how likely would you be to report it
If you had a concern about scientific misconduct, how likely would you be to report it?
  • A. Very unlikely
  • B. Somewhat unlikely
  • C. Neither
  • D. Somewhat likely
  • E. Very likely
ethics program

Ethics Program

Ethics

Scientific and Scholarly Integrity

Presidential Memo on Scientific Integrity, 3/9/09;

Sec. Order No. 3305, 9/9/10;

DOI policy, 305 DM 3;

FWS policy, 212 FW 7

Professional & Personal Ethics

Executive Order 12674

18 U.S.C. 201 – 209

5 C.F.R. 2635

FWS Policy, 212 FW 1-11

Donations, Fundraising and Solicitation

DOI Policy, 374 DM 6

Draft FWS Policy, 212 FW 8

Scientific Integrity

scientific integrity 305 dm 3 and 212 fw 7

Scientific Integrity305 DM 3 and 212 FW 7

Inquiry Process

Status of complaints

Some examples

Policy update

decision making factors may include
Decision making factorsmay include:
  • Economic
  • Budget
  • Institutional
  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Legal
  • Environmental
  • Scientific and scholarly information
scientific integrity applies to
Scientific Integrity applies to:
  • All DOI employees and volunteers
  • All DOI Political appointees
  • All DOI contractors dealing with science or scholarship activities
  • All participants in Agreements, MOUs, Grants with DOI bureaus dealing with science or scholarship activities
oig referrals
OIG Referrals
  • Allegations of:
    • Reprisal for making a scientific misconduct allegation
    • Waste, fraud, abuse

Referred to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

scientific misconduct defined
Scientific Misconduct defined:
  • Fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing science or scholarly activities; or
  • Intentionally circumventing policy that ensures the integrity of science or scholarship, or
  • Actions that compromise scientific or scholarly integrity, that is not an honest error or difference of opinion
a finding of scientific misconduct requires
A finding of scientific misconduct requires:
  • There is a significant departure from accepted practices of the relevant scientific community, and
  • The misconduct is committed intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, and
  • The allegation is proven by a preponderance of evidence.
slide13

Allegations of Science Misconduct or Loss of Scientific Integrity Regarding DOI Employees and Volunteers

Allegation of scientific misconduct received by

Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES)

Closed case, resolution memo to subject and complainant

Evaluation: Scientific Integrity Officer (SIO) initial review of allegation

No merit

Memo to subject

Inquiry: SIO will convene Scientific Integrity Review Panel, or panel of experts to conduct further inquiry, reports to SIO

No misconduct

Corrective Action: working with SIO and HR, Coordinating Manager will determine corrective action, if necessary

To OES

Appeal?

Misconduct

Memo to subject & complainant

doi political appointees
DOI Political Appointees?
  • Inquiry process the same as for Employees,
  • Except process is performed by:
  • Department Scientific Integrity Officer (DSIO)
slide15

Allegations of Science Misconduct or Loss of Scientific Integrity Regarding DOI Contractors, Cooperators, Partners, Permittees, Lessees, and Grantees

Allegation of scientific misconduct received by

Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES)

Closed case, resolution memo to subject’s organization and complainant

Evaluation: Scientific Integrity Officer (SIO) initial review of allegation

No merit

Memo to subject’s organization

Inquiry: Subject’s organization will investigate and certify results to appropriate DOI official and SIO, who will review

No misconduct

Corrective Action: Subject’s organization will take action according to their policy. DOI will take appropriate action too.

To OES

Appeal?

Misconduct

Memo to subject’s organization

& complainant

slide16

If I did have a scientific integrity concern I would feel most comfortable first talking with:

    • My co-workers
    • My supervisor
  • c. Ombudsman
  • d. Scientific Integrity Officer
  • e. Office of the Inspector General
  • f. None of the above
si allegations fy 12
SI allegations – FY 12
  • 7 Formal allegations
    • filed with the Department Office of the Executive Secretariat,
    • status tracked by Department
  • 10 Informal allegations(calls and referrals to Scientific Integrity officer directly)
    • Referrals from OIG, Ethics Officer, employees
  • Some informal complaints become formal
scientific integrity allegation examples
Scientific Integrity Allegation Examples
  • Omission of relevant data in decision document or court testimony
  • Misuse of modeling in Sec. 7 maps
  • Interference with data collection
  • Plagiarism
  • Contractor fabricated field data/invoices
si observations trends
SI Observations/Trends
  • Ombudsman role important
  • “no surprises” vs. “no bad news”
  • Adequate peer review
  • Communication
  • Modeling, everyone’s doing it
  • Structured Decision Making
  • “Prior statements”/”promises”
scientific integrity policy update
Scientific Integrity Policy Update
  • Department SIO : Suzette Kimball, USGS
  • New DOI on-line training Fall 2013
    • One hour course, focus: Code of Conduct
    • Who should take this course in FWS?
  • Closer working with Office of Inspector General and DOI Solicitor Office.
  • Reprisal actions could be a concern
slide23

Which of the following statements best represents your perception of protection afforded under “Whistleblower protection”?

a.I am confident that I will be protected if I complain

b. I am not sure if I will be protected if I complain

c. I don’t believe that I will be protected

proposed revisions to 305 dm 3
Proposed Revisions to 305 DM 3
  • Add “Loss of Scientific Integrity” per DOI Code of Scientific and Scholarly Conduct in addition to “Scientific Misconduct”
  • Failure to abide by code “may” lead to a loss of scientific integrity.
code of scientific and scholarly conduct 305 dm 3 7
Code of Scientific and Scholarly Conduct, 305 DM 3.7
  • 3 Sections
    • All DOI employees, volunteers, contractors, Cooperators, Partners, Permittees, Leasees, and Grantees must abide by:…… I will…..
    • All Scientists and Scholars must abide by: ….I will…..
    • All decision-makers must abide by: …I will
proposed revisions to 305 dm 31
Proposed Revisions to 305 DM 3
  • Add “self-plagiarism”
  • Add Ombudsman role to BSIO
  • Parse out scientific concern from other issues
  • Add appeals process
proposed revisions to 305 dm 32
Proposed Revisions to 305 DM 3
  • Assignment of “Coordinating manager” and “Servicing Human Resource Officer”
  • Add Boilerplate language to all science-related contracts, grants, agreements, MOU, etc.
  • Appendices become DOI website “Scientific Integrity Handbook”
  • Strengthen Whistleblower protection
fws ethics presentation

FWS Ethics Presentation

Scientific Integrity:

FWS Scientific Integrity Officer: Rick Coleman,

(303) 236-4443, [email protected]

Department Scientific Integrity Officer: Suzette Kimball

(703) 648-7412, [email protected]

http://www.doi.gov/scientificintegrity/index.cfm

fws ethics presentation1

FWS Ethics Presentation

Office of Government Ethics: www.usoge.gov

DOI Ethics Office (part of Solicitor’s office): 1849 CSt., N.W. MS 4251, Washington, D.C. 20240; (202) 208-4980, www.doi.gov/ethics

FWS Ethics Program:

Deputy Ethics Counselor/National Ethics Program Director, Anne Badgley, (503) 326-2008, [email protected];

Requests to serve in official capacity as officer/board member of non-profit organization: Temporary contact: Cathey Willis, (303) 236-4325, [email protected]

ethics contacts

Ethics Contacts

Donations, Fundraising and Solicitations:

Contact while policy in draft: Rebecca Halbe, Refuges (703) 358-2635, [email protected]

Contact after policy final: LauryParramore, External Affairs, (703) 358-1711, [email protected]

regional headquarters assistant ethics counselors

Regional/Headquarters Assistant Ethics Counselors

Headquarters - Nicole Hall (703) 358-2647; Marion Campbell (703) 358-1935

R1/8 -Jeff Hardgrove/Michelle Bowden (503) 231-6141

R2 - Anna Vargas (505) 248-6936; Duane Padilla (505) 248-6610;

R3 - Karen Schul (612) 713-5267; Katie Eull (612)713-5245;

R4 - Fred Thomas (404) 679-4045; Ben Livingston (404) 679-4023;

R5 -Sheri Kania (413) 253-8263; Louise Barry (413) 253-8262;

R6 - Kathy Bevan (303) 236-4499;

R7 – Mildred Riley (907) 786-3647; Helen Stewart (907) 786-3307

if you had a concern about scientific misconduct how likely would you be to report it1
If you had a concern about scientific misconduct, how likely would you be to report it?
  • A. Very unlikely
  • B. Somewhat unlikely
  • C. Neither
  • D. Somewhat likely
  • E. Very likely
thank you

Thank you!

Questions?

Discussion?

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