U.S. Senate bill aims to protect scientific integrity

Senator Bill Nelson (D–FL) introduced the Scientific Integrity Act to protect federal scientists from attempts to interfere with scientific discourse and dissemination of research results. The bill would codify existing policies at some two dozen federal agencies stemming from a 2009 executive order from former President Barack Obama that required them to spell out how they would safeguard scientific integrity. The legislation is aimed at blocking attempts by political appointees to manipulate or suppress the results of research that could undermine the administration’s position on an issue. It would enshrine in law the idea of transparency, open communication, and protection for whistleblowers in a scientific context. 25 Senate Democrats and no Republicans have co-sponsored the bill.