Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act - H.R. 36 / S.1067

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Overview
Purpose: 
"To provide for research to better understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment affecting individuals in the scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics workforce and to examine policies to reduce the prevalence and negative impact of such harassment, and for other purposes."
Primary sponsors: 
Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Frank Lucas (R-OK) / Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Latest major action: 
Senate companion bill to H.R.36 introduced on 04/04/2019
Summary of provisions
  • Directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop an inventory of current federal science agency policies, procedures, and resources for preventing and responding to reports of sexual harassment
  • Directs OSTP to issue uniform policy guidelines for federal science agencies on how to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual harassment at grantee institutions
  • Directs agencies with annual extramural research expenditures greater than $100 million to implement policies that are consistent with these guidelines
  • Directs the National Science Foundation to establish a program that awards grants for research on sexual harassment in the STEM workforce, including students and trainees
  • Directs NSF to convene an interagency working group to collect data on the prevalence of sexual harassment in higher education
  • Directs NSF to commission an update of the 2009 National Academies report on responsible research conduct and a new study on how sexual harassment in higher education influences career advancement in the STEM workforce
  • Authorizes $17.4 million for NSF to carry out directed activities
Actions
Actions on the House bill: 
Bill introduced
01/03/2019
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Bill introduced
04/04/2019