The Sunlight Foundation, a Washington D.C. based watchdog group, has begun tracking federal agencies being instructed by the Trump Administration not to communicate with the public.
Their website states:
For the past decade, the Sunlight Foundation has advocated for all branches of the federal government to use modern technologies to inform and engage the American people, from social media to websites. We adamantly oppose measures that limit disclosing documents and data to the public, particularly the publication of scientific papers, research and analysis, or public access to government scientists or technologists that can explain the findings. We began building the following list of reported actions to limit public communication at federal agencies on January 24th.
- Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were instructed to not to send “any correspondence to public officials.” (SOURCE: Huffington Post]
- The Environmental Protection Agency froze grant making and told its employees not to talk about it. [SOURCE: Huffington Post]
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service was directed not to release “any public-facing documents,” including news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds and social media. (SOURCE: Buzzfeed)
We call on the Trump administration to disclose the memoranda that have led to these changes to the public, explain their rationale, and reverse the measures.