The controversial director of the office that polices research fraud in U.S.-funded biomedical labs is temporarily moving to another agency. Kathy Partin has been removed after nearly 2 years as director of the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in Rockville, Maryland, according to Retraction Watch, which broke the story today. But Partin reportedly has hired an attorney and plans to challenge the decision.
Partin’s move was announced on Friday, along with several other departmental staff changes, in an internal memo from the acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C. The memo states that on 4 December, Partin “will begin a 90-day detail,” or temporary assignment, in the Office of the Vice President for Research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Partin was asked to leave and clear out her office, according to Linda Schutjer, a former colleague of Partin’s at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, who is quoted by Retraction Watch. An email to Partin seeking comment drew an automatic reply saying she is on annual leave.