There is a 'chain of command' in place with many federal agencies. If this is the wishes of the IHS Director as policy, i.e. "official" because it is reported in the news, then what is the need for the IHS Public Information Officer OR an IHS Regional Officer? It sounds more like this federal bureaucrat gave in to political pressure to save her creditiblity as a federal official. I won't be surprised if this announcement confuses many IHS workers even more on what can be given out. For iHS workers be expecting a follow-up memo from their regional offices 'clarifying' the announcement by IHS Rockville. Fortunately for the psychitrist, he had friends to intervene.