There are reports that the District mayor's office is forcing staffers to sign limited nondisclosure agreements.
The agreements would ban city employees from discussing potential cost-saving and revenue-raising measures.
Published reports indicate that former chief technology officer Suzanne Peck gave nearly 100 employees the confidentiality agreements. Peck, who was recently named senior adviser to the city's administrator, is leading a top-to-bottom performance review of district government.
Brian Flowers, general counsel to Mayor Gray, says he probably wouldn't have recommended the agreements if he'd known about them beforehand.
A spokeswoman for the mayor, who during his campaign promised to make district government more transparent, says the purpose of the agreements is to support "the creative exchange of ideas." She added disclosure of the ideas may result in them becoming misconstrued as policy initiatives.