Federal - HR 36

A bill 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.

Introduced

January 3, 2019

Description

A bill 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.

Our Position

Monitoring

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 102

Latest Actions See More/Less

  • July 24, 2019 — Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Congressional Record p. S5060, S5061

  • July 23, 2019 — Measure, as amended, passed in the House by voice vote, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). Congressional Record p. H7176

  • July 23, 2019 — Johnson, D-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H7173-H7176

  • July 12, 2019 — Reported to the House amended by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 116-153Congressional Record p. H5774

  • July 12, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    DeLauro, (D-Conn.)Lieu, (D-Calif.)Sarbanes, (D-Md.)
  • June 20, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

    June 20, 2019 — Committee Vote: Sexual Harassment in the STEM Workforce — Harassment Reports
      Lucas, R-Okla. —

    Amendment to the Johnson, D-Texas, substitute amendment that would require the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to include guidelines that would require grant recipients to report to the federal science agency that funded the grant on administrative action related to an allegation against grant personnel of any sexual harassment or gender harassment that affects the ability of grant personnel or their trainees to carry out the activities of the grant. It also would make technical and conforming changes to the amendment.

    Amendment to the Johnson, D-Texas, substitute amendment that would require the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to include guidelines that would require grant recipients to report to the federal science agency that funded the grant on administrative action related to an allegation against grant personnel of any sexual harassment or gender harassment that affects the ability of grant personnel or their trainees to carry out the activities of the grant. It also would make technical and conforming changes to the amendment.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    June 20, 2019 — Committee Vote: Sexual Harassment in the STEM Workforce — Reintegration Provision
      Fletcher, D-Texas —

    Amendment to the Johnson, D-Texas, substitute amendment that would insert a provision to require the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to consider guidelines that would require or incentivize grant recipients and federal science agencies to have mechanisms to reintegrate individuals who have experienced sexual or gender harassment.

    Amendment to the Johnson, D-Texas, substitute amendment that would insert a provision to require the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to consider guidelines that would require or incentivize grant recipients and federal science agencies to have mechanisms to reintegrate individuals who have experienced sexual or gender harassment.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    June 20, 2019 — Committee Vote: Sexual Harassment in the STEM Workforce — Substitute Amendment
      E.B. Johnson, D-Texas —

    Substitute amendment that would increase by $100,000, to $17.5 million, the amount authorized for the director of the Office of Science and Technology and Policy to establish a program to award grants to institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations to expand research efforts to better understand sexual and gender harassment affecting those in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce.

    It would specify that the research grants awarded under the bill could be used for research on gender harassment experiences of individuals in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce, including students and trainees.

    It would require the director of the National Science Foundation to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to update the report titled "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research" to include evidence-based practices for fostering a climate that is intolerant of gender harassment as well as methods for identifying and addressing incidents of gender harassment.

    It would require the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to submit the updated report within 18, rather than 16, months of the effective date of the agreement for the updated report.

    It also would require the interagency working group set up to coordinate the efforts of federal science agencies to reduce the prevalence of sexual and gender harassment involving grant personnel to include representatives from the Education Department and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    It would define the term "finding or determination" as the final disposition of the matter involving a sexual offense. It also would define "gender harassment" as verbal and nonverbal behavior that convey hostility, objectification, exclusion or second-class status about one's gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation or pregnancy status.

    As amended, it would require the Office of Science and Technology Policy's guidelines for federal science agencies to include guidelines that require grantees to submit to the federal science agency providing the grant reports related to administration action related to any allegations of harassment against grant personnel that affects their ability or their trainees ability to carry out activities of the grant.

    As amended, it also would require the OSTP director, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to consider guidelines that would require or incentivize grant recipients and federal science agencies to have mechanisms to reintegrate individuals who have experienced sexual or gender harassment.

    It also would require the director to ensure that the policy guidelines developed in accordance with the bill are consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

    Substitute amendment that would increase by $100,000, to $17.5 million, the amount authorized for the director of the Office of Science and Technology and Policy to establish a program to award grants to institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations to expand research efforts to better understand sexual and gender harassment affecting those in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce.

    It would specify that the research grants awarded under the bill could be used for research on gender harassment experiences of individuals in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce, including students and trainees.

    It would require the director of the National Science Foundation to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to update the report titled "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research" to include evidence-based practices for fostering a climate that is intolerant of gender harassment as well as methods for identifying and addressing incidents of gender harassment.

    It would require the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to submit the updated report within 18, rather than 16, months of the effective date of the agreement for the updated report.

    It also would require the interagency working group set up to coordinate the efforts of federal science agencies to reduce the prevalence of sexual and gender harassment involving grant personnel to include representatives from the Education Department and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    It would define the term "finding or determination" as the final disposition of the matter involving a sexual offense. It also would define "gender harassment" as verbal and nonverbal behavior that convey hostility, objectification, exclusion or second-class status about one's gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation or pregnancy status.

    As amended, it would require the Office of Science and Technology Policy's guidelines for federal science agencies to include guidelines that require grantees to submit to the federal science agency providing the grant reports related to administration action related to any allegations of harassment against grant personnel that affects their ability or their trainees ability to carry out activities of the grant.

    As amended, it also would require the OSTP director, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to consider guidelines that would require or incentivize grant recipients and federal science agencies to have mechanisms to reintegrate individuals who have experienced sexual or gender harassment.

    It also would require the director to ensure that the policy guidelines developed in accordance with the bill are consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

    Adopted (as amended) by voice vote.

    June 20, 2019 — Committee Vote: Sexual Harassment in the STEM Workforce — Vote to Report

    Authorize $17.5 million for the director of the National Science Foundation to establish a program to award grants, on a competitive basis, to institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations to expand research efforts to understand the causes and consequences of sexual and gender harassment and how it affects individuals in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce.

    As amended it would specify that the research grants awarded under the bill could be used for research on gender harassment experiences of individuals in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce, including students and trainees.

    The bill would require the director to convene a working group of representatives from federal and statistical agencies, within 180 days of the bill's enactment. It would require the working group to develop questions on sexual and gender harassment to gather data on the prevalence and implications of such harassment in institutions of higher education. As amended, it would require the working group to include representatives from the Education Department and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    It also would require the NSF director, within 180 days of the bill' enactment, to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to update the report, titled "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research" and to submit it to the House Science, Space and Technology and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committees within 18 months of the effective date of the agreement.

    It would require the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, within 90 days of the bill's enactment, to submit a report, including an inventory of policies, procedures, and resources dedicated to preventing and responding to reports of sexual harassment and gender harassment.

    No later than six months after the submission of the inventory, it would require the OSTP director to consult with outside stakeholders and federal science agencies to develop a set of uniform policies and guidelines for said agencies and submit a report to the House Space Science, and Technology and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees.

    Within three years of the bill's enactment, It would require the NSF director, in association with the National Academies to undertake a study of the influence of sexual and gender harassment in institutions of higher education and the STEM workforce.

    It would require the NSF director to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to update the report titled "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research" to include evidence-based practices for fostering a climate that is intolerant of gender harassment as well as methods for identifying and addressing incidents of gender harassment.

    As amended, it would require the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to submit the updated report within 18, rather than 16, months of the effective date of the agreement for the updated report.It would define the term "finding or determination" as the final disposition of the matter involving a sexual offense. It also would define "gender harassment" as verbal and nonverbal behavior that convey hostility, objectification, exclusion or second-class status about one's gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation or pregnancy status.

    As amended, it would require the Office of Science and Technology Policy's guidelines for federal science agencies to include guidelines that require grantees to submit to the federal science agency providing the grant reports related to administration action related to any allegations of harassment against grant personnel that affects their ability or their trainees ability to carry out activities of the grant.

    As amended, it also would require the OSTP director, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to consider guidelines that would require or incentivize grant recipients and federal science agencies to have mechanisms to reintegrate individuals who have experienced sexual or gender harassment.

    It also would require the director to ensure that the policy guidelines developed in accordance with the bill are consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

    Authorize $17.5 million for the director of the National Science Foundation to establish a program to award grants, on a competitive basis, to institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations to expand research efforts to understand the causes and consequences of sexual and gender harassment and how it affects individuals in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce.

    As amended it would specify that the research grants awarded under the bill could be used for research on gender harassment experiences of individuals in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce, including students and trainees.

    The bill would require the director to convene a working group of representatives from federal and statistical agencies, within 180 days of the bill's enactment. It would require the working group to develop questions on sexual and gender harassment to gather data on the prevalence and implications of such harassment in institutions of higher education. As amended, it would require the working group to include representatives from the Education Department and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    It also would require the NSF director, within 180 days of the bill' enactment, to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to update the report, titled "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research" and to submit it to the House Science, Space and Technology and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committees within 18 months of the effective date of the agreement.

    It would require the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, within 90 days of the bill's enactment, to submit a report, including an inventory of policies, procedures, and resources dedicated to preventing and responding to reports of sexual harassment and gender harassment.

    No later than six months after the submission of the inventory, it would require the OSTP director to consult with outside stakeholders and federal science agencies to develop a set of uniform policies and guidelines for said agencies and submit a report to the House Space Science, and Technology and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees.

    Within three years of the bill's enactment, It would require the NSF director, in association with the National Academies to undertake a study of the influence of sexual and gender harassment in institutions of higher education and the STEM workforce.

    It would require the NSF director to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to update the report titled "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research" to include evidence-based practices for fostering a climate that is intolerant of gender harassment as well as methods for identifying and addressing incidents of gender harassment.

    As amended, it would require the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to submit the updated report within 18, rather than 16, months of the effective date of the agreement for the updated report.It would define the term "finding or determination" as the final disposition of the matter involving a sexual offense. It also would define "gender harassment" as verbal and nonverbal behavior that convey hostility, objectification, exclusion or second-class status about one's gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation or pregnancy status.

    As amended, it would require the Office of Science and Technology Policy's guidelines for federal science agencies to include guidelines that require grantees to submit to the federal science agency providing the grant reports related to administration action related to any allegations of harassment against grant personnel that affects their ability or their trainees ability to carry out activities of the grant.

    As amended, it also would require the OSTP director, when developing policy guidelines for federal science agencies, to consider guidelines that would require or incentivize grant recipients and federal science agencies to have mechanisms to reintegrate individuals who have experienced sexual or gender harassment.

    It also would require the director to ensure that the policy guidelines developed in accordance with the bill are consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • June 19, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 10

    Balderson, (R-Ohio)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)Waltz, (R-Fla.)
    Fletcher, (D-Texas)Marshall, (R-Kan.)Wexton, (D-Va.)
    Gonzalez-Colon, J. (R-P.R.)Perlmutter, (D-Colo.)
    Horn, (D-Okla.)Tonko, (D-N.Y.)
  • June 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Levin, (D-Calif.)Moulton, (D-Mass.)
  • May 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Yarmuth, (D-Ky.)
  • May 23, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Gonzalez, (R-Ohio)Pappas, (D-N.H.)
    Omar, (D-Minn.)Swalwell, (D-Calif.)
  • May 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)Mucarsel-Powell, (D-Fla.)
  • May 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Cox, (D-Calif.)Garcia, (D-Ill.)Panetta, (D-Calif.)
  • May 1, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Doyle, (D-Pa.)Rice, K. (D-N.Y.)Stevens, (D-Mich.)
    Harder, (D-Calif.)Sherman, (D-Calif.)Welch, (D-Vt.)
    Raskin, (D-Md.)Sires, (D-N.J.)
  • April 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Blumenauer, (D-Ore.)Foster, (D-Ill.)Pocan, (D-Wis.)
    Castor, (D-Fla.)Hill, (D-Calif.)Trahan, (D-Mass.)
    DeFazio, (D-Ore.)Houlahan, (D-Pa.)
  • March 27, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Bera, (D-Calif.)Case, (D-Hawaii)Jackson Lee, (D-Texas)
  • March 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Adams, (D-N.C.)Neguse, (D-Colo.)Scott, R. (D-Va.)
    Dean, (D-Pa.)Pallone (D-N.J.)
  • Feb. 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 15

    Casten, (D-Ill.)Maloney, C. (D-N.Y.)Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.)
    Chu, (D-Calif.)McCollum, (D-Minn.)Rush, (D-Ill.)
    Himes, (D-Conn.)McGovern, (D-Mass.)Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)
    Huffman, (D-Calif.)McNerney, (D-Calif.)Sherrill, (D-N.J.)
    Lujan, B.R. (D-N.M.)Moore, (D-Wis.)Velazquez, (D-N.Y.)
  • Jan. 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 11

    Grijalva, (D-Ariz.)Kuster, (D-N.H.)Soto, (D-Fla.)
    Haaland, (D-N.M.)Lamb, (D-Pa.)Watson Coleman, (D-N.J.)
    Khanna, (D-Calif.)Levin, (D-Mich.)Wilson, F. (D-Fla.)
    Kilmer, (D-Wash.)Porter, (D-Calif.)
  • Jan. 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 26

    Beyer (D-Va.)Demings, (D-Fla.)Meeks, (D-N.Y.)
    Bishop, S. (D-Ga.)Dingell, (D-Mich.)Norton, (D-D.C.)
    Bonamici, (D-Ore.)Eshoo, (D-Calif.)Richmond, (D-La.)
    Butterfield, (D-N.C.)Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)Sewell, (D-Ala.)
    Carson, (D-Ind.)Hastings, (D-Fla.)Speier, (D-Calif.)
    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)Kelly, R. (D-Ill.)Takano, (D-Calif.)
    Cleaver (D-Mo.)Lawson, (D-Fla.)Veasey, (D-Texas)
    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Lewis, John (D-Ga.)Wasserman Schultz, (D-Fla.)
    Davis, D. (D-Ill.)Lipinski, (D-Ill.)
  • Jan. 3, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Lucas, (R-Okla.)
  • Jan. 3, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Science, Space and Technology.Congressional Record p. H202