Congress Is Demanding Answers About Why Federal Grants Are Given To Harassers In Science

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“On Thursday, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology asked the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an investigation of what federal agencies that fund science are doing about sexual harassment.

The letter attempts to bring more accountability to universities, which draw a substantial amount of research funding from federal programs, but are incentivized to keep sexual harassment investigations a secret.

“No person should be subjected to harassment in the workplace,” Committee chair Lamar Smith told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “Our goal with the GAO report is to better understand the extent of the problem throughout the scientific community and ensure that recipients of federal research funding are worthy of the taxpayers’ trust.”

The letter, signed by Smith and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, points to “a disturbing number of cases” of inappropriate behavior in science.”…

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