Federal agency grades for their media and social media policies scoring how well they grant government scientists’ freedom to speak to the media and the public.
The administration’s actions this month follow a February memo from the White House Science Adviser John Holdren. The memo asked federal agencies to develop policies that increase access to federally funded research:
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hereby directs each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government.
This is all part of the broader Digital Government Strategy launched over a year ago. And together, this wave of action from the federal government is an important step toward better access to the science done at federal agencies.