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1 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

2 Where do you work? A. Field station B. Regional Office C. Headquarters D. Other

3 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

4 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

5 Ethics Program 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 Donations, Fundraising and Solicitation DOI Policy, 374 DM 6 Draft FWS Policy, 212 FW 8 Ethics Scientific Integrity Professional & Personal Ethics Executive Order 12674 18 U.S.C. 201 – 209 5 C.F.R. 2635 FWS Policy, 212 FW 1-11

6 Scientific Integrity 305 DM 3 and 212 FW 7 Inquiry Process Status of complaints Some examples Policy update

7 Decision making factors may include: Economic Budget Institutional Social Cultural Legal Environmental Scientific and scholarly information

8 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

9 OIG Referrals Allegations of: – Reprisal for making a scientific misconduct allegation – Waste, fraud, abuse Referred to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

10 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

11 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.

12 Based on my current understanding, are you aware of a scientific integrity concern? a.Yes b.No

13 Allegation of scientific misconduct received by Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES) Evaluation: Scientific Integrity Officer (SIO) initial review of allegation Inquiry: SIO will convene Scientific Integrity Review Panel, or panel of experts to conduct further inquiry, reports to SIO No merit Closed case, resolution memo to subject and complainant No misconduct Misconduct Corrective Action: working with SIO and HR, Coordinating Manager will determine corrective action, if necessary Memo to subject Memo to subject & complainant Appeal? To OES Allegations of Science Misconduct or Loss of Scientific Integrity Regarding DOI Employees and Volunteers

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

15 Allegation of scientific misconduct received by Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES) Evaluation: Scientific Integrity Officer (SIO) initial review of allegation Inquiry: Subject’s organization will investigate and certify results to appropriate DOI official and SIO, who will review No merit Closed case, resolution memo to subject’s organization and complainant No misconduct Misconduct Corrective Action: Subject’s organization will take action according to their policy. DOI will take appropriate action too. Memo to subject’s organization & complainant Appeal? To OES Allegations of Science Misconduct or Loss of Scientific Integrity Regarding DOI Contractors, Cooperators, Partners, Permittees, Lessees, and Grantees

16 If I did have a scientific integrity concern I would feel most comfortable first talking with: a.My co-workers b.My supervisor c. Ombudsman d. Scientific Integrity Officer e. Office of the Inspector General f.None of the above

17 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

18 Resolution of allegations FY 12 ComplaintsClosedNearly closed Review Panel Open 7 Formal52 10 Informal 91

19 Resolution of allegations FY 13 ComplaintsClosedNearly closed Review Panel Open 1 Formal01 2 Informal 11

20 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

21 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”

22 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

23 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

24 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.

25 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

26 Proposed Revisions to 305 DM 3 Add “self-plagiarism” Add Ombudsman role to BSIO Parse out scientific concern from other issues Add appeals process

27 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

28 Scientific Integrity: FWS Scientific Integrity Officer: Rick Coleman, (303) 236-4443, rick_coleman@fws.govrick_coleman@fws.gov Department Scientific Integrity Officer: Suzette Kimball (703) 648-7412, suzette_kimball@usgs.govsuzette_kimball@usgs.gov http://www.doi.gov/scientificintegrity/index.cfm FWS Ethics Presentation

29 Office of Government Ethics: www.usoge.gov DOI Ethics Office (part of Solicitor’s office): 1849 C St., N.W. MS 4251, Washington, D.C. 20240; (202) 208-4980, www.doi.gov/ethics www.doi.gov/ethics FWS Ethics Program : Deputy Ethics Counselor/National Ethics Program Director, Anne Badgley, (503) 326-2008, anne_badgley@fws.gov; anne_badgley@fws.gov Requests to serve in official capacity as officer/board member of non-profit organization: Temporary contact: Cathey Willis, (303) 236-4325, cathey_willis@fws.govcathey_willis@fws.gov FWS Ethics Presentation

30 Donations, Fundraising and Solicitations : Contact while policy in draft: Rebecca Halbe, Refuges (703) 358-2635, rebecca_halbe@fws.govrebecca_halbe@fws.gov Contact after policy final: Laury Parramore, External Affairs, (703) 358-1711, laury_parramore@fws.govlaury_parramore@fws.gov Ethics Contacts

31 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 Regional/Headquarters Assistant Ethics Counselors

32 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

33 Thank you! Questions? Discussion?


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