Senate Votes to Delay Financial Disclosure Law for Federal Employees, Including NIH and NASA Scientists
The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, passed in April to prevent insider trading by members of Congress and their staff, includes a provision that requires public posting of financial disclosures. The rule applies not only to Congress but to about 28,000 senior federal employees who file certain disclosure forms. Right now those forms are available only upon request.Federal employees have said that the law violates their privacy, could put them at risk for identity theft, and threatens the safety of employees in high-security positions. And researchers at the National Institutes of Health and NASA have warned in a lawsuit that the requirement will hinder recruitment and could persuade some federal scientists to leave government.The disclosure requirement was set to kick in at the end of August but has been delayed twice already. Congress postponed it for a month, and 2 weeks ago a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking it until the end of October. The bill just passed by the Senate delays the provision further for all but top-level officials and also calls for the National Academy of Public Administration to review its possible effects within 6 months, the Post reports.