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US Representatives Launch Academic Research Security Bill; Jim Langevin Quoted

Jeff Brody

Representatives Jim Langevin, Frank Lucas, Anthony Gonzalez, Elise Stefanik and Mikie Sherrill unveiled a bipartisan legislation that seeks to protect academic research from foreign espionage. The Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019 will require the director of the Office of Science and Technology and Policy to create an interagency committee to assess security functions for funded research efforts and build a protocol to respond to security concerns, the office of Jim Langevin said Thursday.

The bill is also intended to promote a collaborative dialogue between academic institutions and government agencies to streamline policies and prevent potential espionage.

"The Securing American Science and Technology Act will better coordinate federal efforts to protect our universities while also taking steps to protect the important academic and cultural contributions that international students bring to our country," said Langevin.

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