Legal & Policy Challenges

Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request

Agency policies should spell out a clearly defined role for the PAOs, including timely response to media inquiries and providing journalists and agency staff with accurate information, but should also prevent them from being “gatekeepers of information.” Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request. However, requiring scientists and researchers to give public affairs prior notice of such interactions when possible, and to recap the interview afterwards, is appropriate.

 

- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda

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