Federal Manager's Daily Report

Two members of Congress with leading roles in overseeing federal research have asked the NIH to explain what it is doing to prevent and address harassment and discrimination both within the agency and in research facilities that receive NIH funding.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., asked for an accounting of NIH settlements for harassment as well as practices aimed at preventing workplace harassment in facilities that receive NIH funding. “Federal funding should not support laboratories and institutions where workplace harassment is allowed to continue unaddressed,” they wrote.

“As a federal agency that awards tens of billions of research dollars across the United States, NIH has a critical role to play in holding institutions and their professionals in biomedical research accountable for establishing and modeling safe work environments across the field,” they wrote.