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OSTI and Its Mission Highlighted in Secretary Chu’s Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) plays an integral role in ensuring transparency and access to the results of the Department of Energy’s scientific efforts – and such transparency and access help assure DOE’s scientific integrity, according to a policy statement recently issued by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. 

“Science and technology are the foundation of all Department of Energy activities…,” the Secretarial Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity opens. “The Department’s mission relies on objective, reliable, accurate, and accessible scientific and technical information.”  And OSTI addresses the agency’s responsibilities to collect, preserve and disseminate scientific and technical information emanating from the Department’s research and development activities.

“In December 2010,” Secretary Chu wrote in a May 11 memo to DOE employees, “the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House issued a memorandum asking all agencies to establish a scientific integrity policy.  In response to this call, I recently signed the Secretarial Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity for the Department of Energy applicable to all DOE Federal employees.  This policy builds on the Department’s existing policies and best practices to support a culture of scientific integrity.”

“DOE will facilitate the free flow of scientific and technological information,” the policy statement provides, “consistent with standards for treatment of classified, sensitive, private, and proprietary information.  Transparency and accessibility of scientific and technological information support the continued advancement of a sound science and technology base to help guide and inform the nation’s critical public policy decisions; advance the national, economic and energy security of the U.S.; facilitate the...

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DOE R&D Accomplishments Celebrates the Selection of Steven Chu for Secretary of Energy

Photo Credit:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Roy Kaltschmidt, Photographer

In conjunction with the recent selection of Dr. Steven Chu as the next United States Secretary of Energy by President-elect Barack Obama, a quality high-level compilation of information about Dr. Chu and his research has been made available on the web at  This web page includes scientific documents that he authored, including his Ph.D. thesis supported by the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA); interviews, speeches, and presentations; and links to related web sites.

Dr. Chu has been director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) since August 2004 and received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".

 DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic        impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.  Over sixty (60) pages featuring either DOE-associated scientists/Nobel Laureates and/or selected topics are available in addition to the feature page about Dr. Chu.

Mary Schorn

R&D Accomplishments Product Manager

Related Topics: Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, DOE Research & Development (R&D) Accomplishments