U.S. Oversight of Research Misconduct Is Seen as Hampered by Bureaucracy

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Rebecca Henry

David E. Wright stepped down last month as director of the federal Office of Research Integrity, citing his frustrations over bureaucratic hassles.

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Rebecca Henry

David E. Wright stepped down last month as director of the federal Office of Research Integrity, citing his frustrations over bureaucratic hassles.

The federal office responsible for guarding against misconduct in biomedical research is so hampered by bureaucratic turf wars that it has been unnecessarily losing cases against suspect scientists, the unit’s departing director said on Monday.

"Right now there’s no accountability" at the Office of Research Integrity, said David E. Wright, who stepped down last month from ORI after serving two years. "That’s a huge problem."

Mr. Wright last month returned to