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1967 - Twenty-Second Report of the United States Advisory Commission on Information


   
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Commission Members

  • Frank Stanton, chairman
  • Palmer Hoyt
  • Sigurd S. Larmon
  • Morris. S. Novik

 

Summary

This report identified continuing problems and new opportunities for American international information activities. It urged USIA to develop greater stability and continuity, reexamine its approaches to underdeveloped areas, reassess its role in Vietnam, strengthen its cultural and education programs, establish a corporate memory, reinforce the training program, encourage discussion of policy problems, and reestablish contacts with the academic community. The Commission also called for the attention of Congress to a set of recommendations exclusively within its jurisdiction. These included the need to create a statutory USIA Foreign Service and permit domestic availability of USIA materials.

Quotations

"If one word can be found to describe the single most critical challenge facing United States information programs abroad as we enter the final third of this century, that word is 'change.' "

"The Commission believes that, after almost 20 years, the time has come for USIA to settle in."

"This Agency and its predecessors have been marked by constant shifts in personnel at all levels. Directors of geographic areas are often transferred after short tours and after serving in areas not necessarily connected with present leadership assignments."

"In this era, when misunderstanding of American objectives and suspicion of our motives are especially high, it is folly to reduce the U.S. presence."

"The time has come when the vigilance of Congress and the press may be relied upon to provide sufficient safeguard against partisanship and the promulgation of a particular Administration's point of view. The American taxpayer should no longer be prohibited from seeing and studying the product a government agency produces with public funds for overseas audiences."



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