There is an express exception in the FTCA for libel and slander. Congress thus intended to retain sovereign immunity with respect to defamation allegations against federal employees. Government officials, including public health officials, often use publicity, which might include defamation, to change or influence policy. For example, if a health inspector informs the press about a restaurant’s violations, the bad publicity generated might have more impact than any other enforcement measure. The health inspector will generally not be held liable to the restaurant for damages, even if the statements are false.