Union: Feds must have scientific integrity
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Dec 02, 2019
A major federal employee union is pushing to protect the work product of some of the best and brightest among the federal workforce.
Their red line: Scientific work must not be tainted with political influence.
The National Treasury Employees Union has endorsed a bill in Congress—the Scientific Integrity Act (H.R. 1709)—that aims to do just that.
“Federal scientists are highly trained experts in their fields and their work should not be subject to politically-based alterations,” NTEU’s president, Tony Reardon, said, quoted in a union news release.
The bill, if enacted, would require federal agencies “that fund or direct public science” to create and enforce policies ensuring scientific integrity—policies that, according to NTEU, would prevent “political influence or special interests from interfering with the research or its publication.”
The union represents scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and elsewhere in the federal government.
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) sponsored the bill—which has passed in a bipartisan vote of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.