May 22, 2012
A group of 50 scientific organizations wrote to Congressional leaders on 21 May 2012 to express concern regarding proposed travel restrictions for federal employees. AIBS was one of the signatories of the letter.
At issue are amendments that were passed in the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act, H.R. 2146) in the House of Representatives and the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789) in the Senate, which would place severe restrictions on government employees' abilities to attend meetings and conferences.
The letter calls for Congress to "protect the integrity of the scientific enterprise" and "allow greater flexibility for government employees to attend scientific and technical conferences organized or supported by professional societies and non-governmental organizations."
Read a copy of the letter at http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20120521travelrestrictions.html.