Intense Personnel Clash Threatens To Hobble Office Monitoring Research Misconduct
Six out of the eight investigators say they may leave following the appointment of Kathryn M. Partin to head the Office of Research Integrity. “We’re not angry. We’re afraid," one said.
The Washington Post:
Turmoil At Federal Agency Threatens Oversight Of Biomedical Research
A small government office that monitors misconduct in biomedical research is in turmoil, jeopardizing oversight of billions of dollars in grants to universities and other institutions around the country. Six of the eight investigators in the federal Office of Research Integrity have signed a letter hinting that they may leave, a move that could hobble federal efforts to detect data manipulation and other misconduct by laboratory researchers. The office’s new head has filed personnel actions against the two division directors she inherited and installed a new deputy to supervise the entire staff. (Bernstein, 9/20)