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Publication date: Sep. 7, 2005

NASA GAGS AGENCY SCIENTISTS, EMPLOYEES

It's official now. NASA employees are not allowed to talk to the public - and that includes the press. An August 29, 2005, e-mailed memo from Teresa Grimes in NASA's HQ public affairs office, announced: "To ensure a responsive public communications program and enhance public perception of NASA, each Center has designated a Public Inquiries Officer for managing communications, including letters, e-mails, faxes and telephone inquiries, from the general public." The memo directed all NASA employees to direct any e-mails from the public to a "public inquiries officer." The memo did not define who was a member of the "general public" and who was not.


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