So-called ‘gag order’ to federal agencies, restricting public releases, pretty much like Obama’s in 2009

So-called ‘gag order’ to federal agencies, restricting public releases, pretty much like Obama’s in 2009

[Ed. – Leave it to the media to misrepresent this.  Trump has every right to get his agencies in line with his policies, when it comes to “public facing” documents.  Obama did the same.]

A copy of the interim procedures memo, dated Jan. 23 and seen by Reuters, shows many of the steps reflect either the same or similar measures taken by the previous administration. Reuters also saw a memo, dated Jan. 22, 2009, that was sent to agency officials by former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The 2017 memo, however, differs in two main areas.

It centralizes the agency’s media inquiries and social media presence through the Office of the Secretary. As part of that, the memo asks USDA agencies to “review their websites, blog posts and other social media and, consistent with direction you will receive from the Office of Communication, remove references to policy priorities and initiatives of the previous Administration.”

It also rescinds the ability of USDA agencies to close an office or notify local delegations of office closures.

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