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Director of Research Integrity Resigns, Citing Frustration With Bureaucracy

The director of the federal Office of Research Integrity, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for monitoring alleged research misconduct, has resigned, citing what he called the “stifling” nature of the federal bureaucracy, Science magazine has reported.

In his resignation letter, David E. Wright said that working with the research community and the “brilliant scientist-investigators” in his office had been a highlight of his career. But he said such work took up only about 35 percent of his time.

The rest of his time as ORI’s director, he said, had been spent “navigating the remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy to secure resources and, yes, get permission for ORI to serve the research community.”

He declined to be interviewed by Science. His letter said he planned to work through March 4 and then use vacation or sick days until March 27, when he would end his service with the federal government.

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