S. 338: Scientific Integrity Act

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is sponsoring legislation to “protect scientific integrity” at federal agencies. S. 338 would require agencies with science programs to adopt and implement scientific integrity policies that include whistleblower protections.

The legislation would create new protections for scientists to communicate freely with Congress and the public. It would also ensure that federal scientists could review press releases and other public materials that are based on their research before the materials are distributed.

Twenty-four federal agencies have already formulated scientific integrity policies under orders from the Obama Administration. Those agencies could use their existing policies to comply with the legislation, if it is enacted.