Steve Aftergood’s Secrecy News is off my normal blog topics, but it’s a blog worth a read. Steve’s been toiling in the trenches for years, documenting government secrecy issues and publishing about them long before there were blogs. Today’s entry is particularly relevant to my professional duties:
In what is being characterized by subordinates as an act of “managerial dementia,” the Director of the Congressional Research Service this week prohibited all public distribution of CRS products without prior approval from senior agency officials.
“I have concluded that prior approval should now be required at the division or office level before products are distributed to members of the public,” wrote CRS Director Daniel P. Mullohan in a memo to all CRS staff (pdf). “This policy is effective immediately.”
As a regular user of CRS reports, I find this troubling.