Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 1074-001

Office of the Chief Scientist

Scientific Integrity


This Departmental Regulation (DR) establishes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Scientific Integrity Policy and provides instruction and guidance to Departmental leadership and employees to ensure the highest level of integrity in all aspects of the Department’s and USDA agencies’ involvement with scientific and technological processes, research, analyses, and products. This DR includes instructions and guidance for decision makers as they develop public policies that are informed by science relevant to food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and related issues. This DR is intended to instill public confidence in USDA research and science-based public policymaking by articulating the principles of scientific integrity and the roles and responsibilities of all USDA employees, including career staff and political appointees, in upholding these principles.