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Scientists Sue to Halt Financial Disclosure Rule

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Science  10 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6095, pp. 632
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6095.632

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Outraged over what they see as an illegal invasion of privacy, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and NASA have joined a lawsuit to block a provision in the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (Stock) Act, a law enacted in April that will require federal agencies to post online financial reports for high-level government employees. The rule violates employees' rights, they say, and may drive some scientists to leave the government.