Washington D.C. – December 20, 2010 - Today, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Chairman-elect of the House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, released the following statement in response to the release of the Obama Administration’s long-awaited memorandum on scientific integrity:

“The Administration announced this review with great fanfare after the President proclaimed during his inaugural address to ‘restore science to its rightful place.’  Unfortunately, over the last two years scientific integrity has not faired any better. 

“Upon initial review, these guidelines seem very similar to the standing guidance already in place.  So it raises the questions: Why did they take this long? How were they developed? Why were they 18 months late? And how will the agencies ultimately implement them? 

“I look forward to evaluating these guidelines in the upcoming Congress because, as we have seen over the last two years, rhetoric without action only breeds additional abuses of scientific integrity.”