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NASA LaRC Email regarding censorship and global warming: A Message From the Office of Inspector General

Status Report From: Langley Research Center
Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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Editor's note: The following email titled "A Message From the Office of Inspector General" was sent by from karen.l.freidt@nasa.gov to NASA LaRC employees:

Pursuant to a request from 14 United States senators, the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) is conducting investigative and audit activities regarding alleged "repeated instances of scientists ... having publication of their research blocked, solely upon their views and conclusions regarding the reality and impacts of global warming."

Through this notice the OIG is seeking your help in conducting a thorough review into this issue.

NASA policy on the dissemination of scientific and technical information derives from The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended, and is primarily implemented by NASA Policy Directive 2200.1 and NASA Procedural Requirements 2200.2B. The policy directive states, in pertinent part, the following:

NASA shall provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of the STI [Scientific and Technical Information] resulting from NASA's research effort, while precluding the inappropriate dissemination of sensitive information. NASA shall disseminate STI in a manner consistent with U.S. laws and regulations, Federal information policy, intellectual property rights, technology transfer protection requirements, and budgetary and technological limitations.

Accordingly, the OIG asks that if you have personal knowledge of NASA research (pertaining to climate change) having been wrongfully, unlawfully, or without good cause changed, suppressed, or censored, that you contact the OIG either:

- By e-mail: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oig/hq/hotline.html
- By phone: 1-800-424-9183; or
- By mail: NASA OIG, P.O. Box 23089, L'Enfant Plaza Station,
Washington, D.C., 20026

The identity of anyone who provides the OIG with information will be protected, consistent with the Inspector General Act of 1978 and the Privacy Act. Also, the Whistleblower Protection Act protects any civil servant who provides information to the OIG from any form of reprisal, retribution or adverse action by their employer if those actions are taken solely because of the information being shared with the Office of Inspector General.

While the OIG will accept information at any time on this or any other matter, we request a response to this notice, if any, no later than February 16, 2007.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

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