Open The Government led a coalition of science, conservation, research and accountability organizations in calling on the House to pass the Scientific Integrity Act out of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. The Scientific Integrity Act would ensure scientists can carry out their research—and communicate it with the public—unconstrained by political interference, fear of retribution, or suppression. The letter states that the legislation is essential to the federal government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a separate letter, OTG also led a coalition of organizations in requesting the Office of Management and Budget issue guidance to federal agencies to establish standard procedures for collecting, disclosing, and maintaining pandemic-related data. The letter urged the OMB to issue guidance to ensure the public has access to the data as the government’s response and recovery efforts proceed.