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"In recent weeks Washington has placed "gag orders" on the following agency employees, "The National Weather Service", the "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration", and the "US Department of Commerce". This is a massive red flag that should trigger alarm bells everywhere.
Bill Hopkins, the executive vice president for the National Weather Service employees organization (NWSEO) said this:
“As a taxpayer, I find it highly disturbing that a government agency continues to push gag orders to hide how they operate. This is the work of the American government, owned by the American public, and should be open to the American public.”
Jeff Ruch, the executive director "PEER" (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) said this about the "gag orders".
“The National Weather Service is about the last place where national security-style secrecy rules need to be enforced,” Ruch noted that the broad scope of the gag orders put much of what goes on inside the agency under wraps. “Everyone is free to talk about the weather except for the people working inside the National Weather Service. Go figure.”
But one other interested party has pulled out of the talks – the National Weather Service Employees Organization, the union that represents the meteorologists and support personnel.
Union officials say that starting in May they attended several meetings with the agency to discuss the reorganization .
However, at a meeting in August, the participants were asked to sign a “confidentiality” agreement under which they wouldn’t disclose what was discussed at the meeting.
Union members balked, saying they had the responsibility to brief their members on matters involving their very futures.
Here ya go. Here is the NWSEO complaint.
I'd like to know more about the specifics of the gag orders, under what circumstances etc
The complaints have nothing to do with any gag orders on the science. They are about procedural matters.
It seems like a LOT of politicking is going on within the NWS. Believe it or not, dummy lay-people like me still think NOAA & NWS are unbiased & scientific. If things are twisting to where these jobs become based on any current political parties whim, well.......damn!
You want to be informed about the bickering? Why?
Unlike Hurricane Patricia, or a whopper snowstorm reorganizing The National Weather Service admittedly ISN'T sexy, or going to be "Twitted" over.....but it does deserve some attention. Especially from us "weather-geeks".
We don't know WHAT is being discussed now in this restructuring plan. The fact THERE IS a restructuring plan is news all by itself.
Just trying to turn this and see it from all sides. If that makes sense?
originally posted by: Sremmos80
Won't let me highlight on that pdf to copy paste but the three gag orders are in there.
I do agree that I think we should probably know about them since it is a gov agency, but both your links just go off the rails about what this means.