Federal scientists are outraged over new reporting requirements for senior government employees. Employees from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NASA are party to a lawsuit to block the posting of their individual financial reports online.
The financial disclosure requirement is part of legislation enacted earlier this year to prevent insider trading by members of Congress. The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act also requires 28,000 senior employees in the executive branch to disclose their assets and other sources of income. This information must be publicly posted online by the end of the month, according to the law.
Last week, some federal employees filed a complaint in federal court to prevent the disclosure requirement from going into effect. The plaintiffs are concerned that the disclosure could make them vulnerable to identify theft or affect salary negotiations.
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