Science Communication in the U.S. Federal Government
In theory the White House Scientific Integrity Directive of 2010 clarifies and should have standardized agency management of media-public/scientist interactions, in that it:
- establishes principles for conveying scientific and technological information to the public, and
- clarifies government scientists’ right to share their research and scientific analyses with the public and the press
In practice, however, uncertainty and direct prohibitions continue to color the ability of federal scientists and contractors to speak directly to members of the press or public about their published research without impediment or monitoring. The White House should review again both the policies publicly adopted by various science agencies in response to this directive, and ensure that practices at those agencies are in fact consonant with those policies and the directive.