Chicago Tribune (06/03/92), P. 1-5
The Bush administration is expected to reveal this week a major
reorganization of the government group that investigates fraud in
scientific research, say inside sources. The action will eliminate any
investigative responsibility the National Institutes of Health had
involving "scientific misconduct" by researchers, including its own.
Sources said the NIH's Office of Scientific Integrity, which currently
has that authority, would be taken over by the Office of Research
Integrity, a new agency within the Department of Health and Human
Services. One NIH source said a main reason for eliminating the OSI was
to "lessen the likelihood that NIH is seen as an agency investigating
itself." The reorganization also provides scientists accused of
misconduct with the opportunity to have their cases heard in a
quasi-judicial setting. The new investigative group will be headed on an
interim basis by Dr. J. Michael McGinnis, currently deputy assistant HHS
secretary for health.