January 14, 2020 / 8:54 PM / 14 days ago

Trump administration plans changes to economic data release procedures -Bloomberg

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to put in place new procedures to govern the release of market-sensitive economic data that would prohibit the ability of news organizations to prepare stories in advance under embargo, Bloomberg News report on Tuesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg said the changes could extend to the removal of computers from a government “lockup” room used by media and that an announcement could come as soon as this week.

Media organizations, including Bloomberg and Reuters News, send reporters to data “lockups” to prepared stories in advance of release, with the government controlling a communications switch to prevent an inadvertent early release. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Eric Beech)

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