House Democrats Introduce “Scientific Integrity Act”

Representatives follow the lead of senators in drafting a bill that would encourage federal scientists to share data.

By Kerry Grens | March 3, 2017

WIKIPEDIA, O.J.On Thursday (March 2), democrats in the US House of Representatives introduced a bill aimed at securing an open exchange of data among federal scientists, their colleagues, and the public. Senate democrats introduced similar legislation in February, which they called the Scientific Integrity Act.

“I am concerned about the increasing suppression or denial of widely supported and tested scientific findings by some government and private sector leaders because of politics, ideology, or financial conflicts of interest,” Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), a member of the House Science Committee and a bill cosponsor, said in a press release. “Those actions have contributed to an erosion in the public’s trust in science and done great harm to policymakers’ ability to develop smart solutions to our nation’s challenges.”

The bill would require the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to draft policy supporting an “open exchange of data and findings” and preventing “the suppression or distortion of the data or findings.” It also asks the heads of agencies that fund science to institute policies that prevent political intervention in practicing science, disseminating results, and making personnel decisions.

Science advocates have recently been concerned that certain agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, might be subject to gag orders (a claim disputed by the Trump administration). “If ever there was a time that such a bill is needed, it is now,” Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists told ScienceInsider in February.

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True Scientist

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March 3, 2017

The Union of Concerned Governmental Scientists...  What are they concerned about? Scientific problems or permanent funding increase? If the bill passes we will finally see precicious data and findings long hidden under previous administration, I guess.

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March 6, 2017

This is a no brainer.  The taxpayers paid for the studies, we should have access to the results.

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March 7, 2017

Pure mirrors and hot air; for those politicians’ info, for years anybody receiving support from the Federal Government, including scientists working for the Federal government,  to disclose information concerning that research after the intellectual property has been protected or National Security issues are taking into consideration, if appropriate. Moreover, as far as I know, scientists do not do research to keep the results secret. Indeed, rather than proposing that asinine Scientific Integrity Act, they should have proposed something really revolutionary, i.e. the Politicians Integrity Act. That would help to bring back a fraction of the public trust in politicians, since, it is better something even if small than nothing.

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March 7, 2017

Also published March 3, 2017 by the Olympus Collaboration:

Hard Two-Photon Contribution to Elastic Lepton-Proton Scattering Determined by the OLYMPUS Experiment

Reported as: OLYMPUS experiment sheds light on structure of protons

... the OLYMPUS measurements suggests that, most of the time, only one of the photons has high energy, while the other must carry very little energy indeed...

The measurements may link the sun's anti-entropic virucidal energy from changes in angstroms to ecosystems via natural selection for codon optimality and the energy-dependent biophysically contrained RNA-mediated physiology of reproduction.

If the measurments linked mutations to evolution via the claims of pseudoscientists or other theorists, the pseudoscientists and theorists would want to barrage the biologically uninformed masses with more reports that are not available for free to anyone who is interested in refuting their ridiculous theories.

Any attempt to choke them with their ridiculous theories by preventing them from dissemination of more pseudoscientific nonsense supports the destruction of the media-industrial complex.  That's why I agree with Gretchen Goldman:

“If ever there was a time that such a bill is needed, it is now.”

If theorists cannot continue dissemination of their pseudoscientific nonsense, serious scientists and all others who are Combating Evoluiton to Fight Disease will clearly be the winners.

See also:  Nobody wants to belong to the party of losers. One of the best strategies in such a case is evidently an interpretation of the change as a gradual accumulation of knowledge while their work has always been at the cutting edge. --  Kalevi Kull

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Replied to a comment from dmarciani made on March 7, 2017

March 8, 2017

Bravo, dmarciani! Viva the Politicians Integrity Act!

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