Email received yesterday from SustainableCommunities@HUD.GOV:
On Wednesday, May 23rd at 4:00 p.m. EDT, please join us for a budget update call with Robert Gordon, Executive Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget.
We ask that you share this invitation with your networks and affiliates.
Please RSVP here to join us, and please be sure to dial in 10 minutes early so that we are able to start the call on time.
The White House Office of Public Engagement
WHAT: White House Update Call
WHEN: Wednesday, May 23rd
Start Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
Dial In: (800) 230-1951
Passcode Title: White House Update Call
This call is off the record and not for press purposes. (emphasis added - DS)
Link found here as well:
White House Update Call - May 23 | The White House.
I fail to understand why "off the record", if Robert Gordon is offering any remarks at all.
Sounds dumb to me. I may have subscribed to this "SustainableCommunities" but I may very well have placed on it because I have a blog. In any case, my reason for even being on the list is to -- in my own small way -- to act as "press," though in a very opinionated format.
Can someone (and I know it's not you but the White House) explain why they want to tell what I assujme is a large group of people but then not tell people? About sustainable communities? Is asking for "off the record" a way to generated more interest?
I can understand why privacy in government is reasonable, in different degrees, from pending military action and announcement of crop reports to policy-under-discussion but not approved. But in such cases one simply keeps it secret.