Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. France Córdova expressing their concern over recent incidents of harassment at NSF. In the letter, the Chairwoman and Ranking Member request to meet with Dr. Córdova to discuss the steps NSF is taking to address this issue and how the agency will prevent such problems from occurring in the future.

“As leaders on the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the wellbeing of the Federal scientific community is of utmost importance to us,” said Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas in the letter. “The dedicated employees working at the nation’s Federal science agencies are critical to fulfilling the missions entrusted to those agencies by the American people. As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibility, we are moving forward with a broad effort to assess the policies, procedures, and practices in place at Federal science agencies to ensure agency employees are able to work in an environment that is free from harassment and conducive to their success.”

A full copy of the letter can be found here.