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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 ...more »

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Scientific Review and Comment on Government Products

Scientists and researchers also have the right to review, approve and comment publicly on the final version of any document or publication that significantly relies on their research, identifies them as an author or contributor, or purports to represent their scientific opinion or relates to their field of expertise. While editing by non-scientists is at times necessary and useful, final review by scientific experts is ...more »

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Scientific Freedom & Agency Media Policies

Agency media policies should respect that scientists and researchers have a right to express their personal views. Scientists and researchers, like any federal employees, have a right to express their personal views outside of a few narrow restrictions. Provided that scientists make an explicit disclaimer that they are speaking as private citizens and are not seeking to represent official agency policy, they should be ...more »

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Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd

Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd-La Follette Act, which ensures unrestricted employee communication with Congress. The policy should comply with the Anti-Gag Statute and should provide protections against overly broad non-disclosure policies. It should be clear that employees can go to their agency's Inspector General Office ...more »

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Official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website

The official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website. Public affairs staff should have a plan for disseminating the policy to agency scientists and should conduct trainings in effective media communication that emphasize scientific openness.

 

- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda

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Ensure that guidelines for the free flow of scientific information are implemented in a comprehensive manner.

The President’s Science Adviser should ensure that guidelines for the free flow of scientific information are implemented in a comprehensive and timely manner. On the heels of repeated problems with the publication of important studies in various agencies, there has been some movement in the right direction on policies governing review and clearance of scientific materials. However, the manner in which agencies adopt ...more »

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Online Aggregator of Official Statements

The internet has made it possible to track down and watch speeches you might have missed in real time broadcast and watch them in their entirety. The less notable the speech, however, the more difficult it is to find. If the Federal government put together a web site that was aimed specifically and exclusively at aggregating the various statements (video, audio, text, or other), it would remove some of the barriers between ...more »

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Agency employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications

Agency policies should make clear that employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications and should not represent the agency on issues of politics or policy without prior approval from the Public Affairs Officer. Employees are also responsible for working with public affairs to make significant research developments accessible and comprehensible to the public. - From the 21st Century RTK ...more »

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Tool for tracking personal news/media consumption habits, and ownership of those outlets

The Columbia Schools of Journalism already keeps a listing of print and broadcast media, and its ownership status. Expand this to include Internet sources, and allow users to track and record their 'consumption habits.' Users can then see if 80% of their news and information is coming from the same parent company, what percentage of their information comes from big media companies and how much is smaller-scale or independent ...more »

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On/off-the-record rule

We propose a new guideline regarding whether a government official should talk to the press on- or off-the-record:

 

Any government official who gives a reporter information that supports the government's position should be considered "on-the-record," i.e. the reporter should be able to source the information to the official.

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The Tree of Obama

"You will know a tree by it's fruit." Matthew 7:16 The Obama Tree is a black Oak. The leaves protect the tree from the light of truth. The bark is hard and callus to prevent transparency. The fruit is the ACORN, to reproduce itself again and again. The roots of deception go deep into the American soil. By David Craig Mastrianni © 2009 Toalterorabolish.com Please help me report any copying of the ...more »

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American citizenship or being a citizen of Heaven

If you had a choice between being an American citizen or being a citizen of Heaven, which would you choose? For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; Philippians 3:20 I am choosing being a citizen of Heaven since Obama and his team is taking America straight to world citizenship, and then straight to hell. Citizen of Heaven = Thumbs up Citizen of America ...more »

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