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Delay in Anti-Harassment Policies Flagged by Science Committee

FEB 05, 2024
The White House has not met deadlines for anti-harassment provisions developed by the House Science Committee.
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Senior Editor for Science Policy, FYI American Institute of Physics
Reps. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Reps. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

(Bill Ingalls / NASA, Committee on House Administration)

Leaders of the House Science Committee sent a letter to the White House last week registering concern that it has not met deadlines for anti-harassment provisions in the CHIPS and Science Act.

Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) wrote that the Office of Science and Technology Policy has not yet produced an inventory of anti-harassment policies, procedures, and resources across science agencies, a prerequisite for creating cross-government guidelines.

The act requires these guidelines to be released within six months of the completion of the inventory.

Separately, eight science societies sent a letter to OSTP in December 2023 that also raised concern about OSTP’s “lack of public action” on the inventory. (Three AIP Member Societies are signatories of that letter.)

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