No Thanks, We Already Do That
As part of the bill setting NSF's annual budget, the Senate last fall asked the foundation to think about setting up an office of scientific integrity similar to the one created last spring by NIH. The legislators were worried that the present system, under which universities and other grantees have the primary responsibility for rooting out fraud, might not be adequate, and they urged NSF "to play a greater role" in overseeing scientific misconduct. Well, NSF officials thought about it, and a report to be submitted next week will tell the Senate, in effect, not to worry. "We don't see the need for such an office," Director Erich Bloch told his advisory National Science Board at its February meeting in describing the contents of the report, due March 15. "We believe that there are enough checks and balances in the scientific process itself," Bloch...

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