Where we’ve been: attending the House hearing on scientific integrity
The U.S. House science committee had a hearing on scientific integrity on Wednesday to discuss ways to prevent suppression and manipulation of scientific findings generated by government scientists. Committee members focused on House Bill 1709, the Scientific Integrity Act, which would codify policies at scientific agencies to prevent censorship and alteration of research data. Read more here.
NSF outlines effort to prevent research espionage
The National Science Foundation released a letter detailing the agency’s activities to prevent foreign countries from stealing research and intellectual property from research conducted in the U.S. These actions are part of a larger effort by several science agencies, including the Department of Energy, to crack down on foreign interference and espionage. Read more here.
Budget talks to fund U.S. government inch closer to deal
Negotiators from the White House and the U.S. Congress have moved closer to agreeing on a budget deal to fund the U.S. government for fiscal year 2020. The deal includes raising the federal budget caps and allowing the government to borrow additional money to pay its debts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hopes to pass the deal in her chamber by Thursday to allow the U.S. Senate to vote on the bill before senators leave D.C. for the August recess. Read more here.