Trump Issues Gag Order on Federal Agencies — Or Not?

Various media reports maintain that both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture have received memos from the White House forbidding them to send out press releases, make new blog posts or engage in social media. Furthermore, the EPA has been told to cease issuing grants and contracts.

It’s unclear if any other government agencies have been similarly curtailed publicly, but both the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have not published a press release since Jan. 18, two days before President Trump’s inauguration.

However, the Department of Labor (DOL) is still publishing press releases and issuing grants, at least as of yesterday, Jan. 24.

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