In the inbox this morning, a link [Link] to an article entitled “US Geological Survey Scientists Must Now Seek Government Approval to Present Their Work.” The journalist takes indignant reflux at the idea that the tyrannical administration is censoring USGS scientists.
What rock has this fellow been sleeping under.
Simply, put, USG scientists are not academics.
I worked for the Yankee army for 32 years prior to a sorta retirement over decade ago. And every paper I wrote, every presentation I made was reviewed. If I was going to a conference to present some research findings, I had to write everything out and submit it to the “Public Affairs” people. (And no, these were not the people who got in the loop if you had “Public Affairs.” Those were the Criminal Investigation folks.) The PA folks had to make sure that you weren’t giving away national secrets or going to say anything that would embarrass the Yankee government.
This was not a big deal. It was a nuisance because it meant you had to have everything done a month or more before you left for the conference. Because these people were under-resourced and always ran behind.
And generally had no idea what they were reading. All they did was look at the words, not the maths or the graphs, and see if there were any suspicious stuff there. Which there almost never was.
They would occasionally get upset by some technical term that had a different meaning in Bog usage. Like “Normal.”
So, getting back to the USGS, the question is whether this review has always existed and some journalist is making much of it to make hay, or the USGS has been remiss in their stewardship. I rather suspect the former.
Incidentally. the intelligent welcome this review. It transfers responsibility from the researcher to the bureaucrat. If something went amiss in the presentation, the folks on the stove were Public Affairs. Unlikely armor.
Also, there was one guy in PA who actually had a degree in Syntax and he would correct your grammar. I appreciated that. Saved me no end of time and effort.