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HHS Is Still Looking for a Definition

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Science  21 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5269, pp. 1735
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5269.1735b


A set of sweeping proposals for changing the way the federal government handles allegations of scientific misconduct, put forward last year by the congressionally appointed Commission on Research Integrity, is getting a decidedly mixed reception in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An internal working group has backed away from several of the commission's key recommendations, including a new definition of misconduct that has already drawn sharp criticism from several scientific organizations. The next step is up to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala.