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CRS Director Moves to Restrict Analysts’ Media Contacts

The FAS (Federation of American Scientists) blog on government secrecy posted an interesting article today on additional restrictions on CRS analysts’ contact with media representatives.

Supposedly, the new policy is being driven by CRS management fearing “that the agency may come to be perceived as having an institutional agenda of its own or that its impartiality will be questioned by members of Congress”.

That’s a legitimate concern, perhaps driven from wanting to manage their reputation and the quality of their work. But, the author of the FAS blog entry suggests the new policy may have a negative effect on the employees –which may affect the quality of their work after all.

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