STEM Opportunities Act - H.R. 2528 / S. 2579

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Overview
Purpose: 
"To direct the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to carry out programs and activities to ensure that Federal science agencies and institutions of higher education receiving Federal research and development funding are fully engaging their entire talent pool, and for other purposes."
Primary sponsors: 
Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Frank Lucas (R-OK) / Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Latest major action: 
House passed H.R.2528 by voice vote on 09/26/2019
Committee Reports: 
Summary of Selected Provisions
  • Requires federal science agencies to collect demographic data on all grant applicants. The National Science Foundation would aggregate this data and report summary statistics biennially
  • Instructs agencies to implement policies for minimizing the impact of implicit bias in reviews of grant applications
  • Directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to issue guidance to agencies on policies for supporting principal investigators with caregiving responsibilities
  • Directs OSTP to issue guidance to universities and federal labs on best practices for addressing cultural and institutional barriers to recruiting and retaining STEM workers from underrepresented groups
  • Directs NSF to administer research grants to evaluate the data collected and policies implemented as a result of the act
Actions
Actions on the House bill: 
House passed bill by voice vote
09/26/2019
House Science Committee approved amended bill
06/20/2019
Bill introduced
05/07/2019
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Bill introduced
09/26/2019