Information Access Committee seeks input on openness in the federal government

The relationship between the federal government and the media is complex and multifaceted. Some agencies are relatively open to the press; at others, a reporter may have to jump through hoops. How can we measure if progress is actually made? The NASW Information Access Committee seeks members' input on the current state of openness and access in the federal government. We have designed a survey to gather data on the experiences of reporters seeking access to information or experts at federal science agencies. A companion survey is also gathering data on the experiences of PIOs working in the government. Each survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain anonymous.

NASW members: Please share your experiences no later than May 27.

Journalists and PIOs: Start the survey here.

Survey data will inform the committee's efforts and will be shared in aggregate in a report. We also ask for your input on how the information access committee can better serve the NASW community and the science writing field at large.

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please write to

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