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August 1953 - Eighth Semiannual Report by the United States Advisory Commission on Information to the Congress


Commission Members

  • Mark A. May, chairman
  • Erwin D. Canham
  • Philip D. Reed
  • Ben Hibbs
  • Justin Miller



This short report was written during the transition of the International Information Administration from the Department of State to the new US Information Agency. The Commissioners reported that the transition was going smoothly and that they were pleased with the appointment of Theordore C. Streibert as the new Director.


"The separation of the International Information Administration from the Department of State and the merging of it with the information services of the Mutual Security Agency and other agencies into the U.S. Information Agency was achieved very smoothly and with less than anticipated difficulties thanks to the efforts of many individuals who worked for long hours."

"Despite the storms of criticism that raged over the International Information Administration for five months, some of it in our view intemperate and unhelpful, we are pleased that the 83rd Congress and the President have adopted our recommendation for the creation of a new agency and have given its new Director and his associates an opportunity to demonstrate further the importance and necessity of a soundly conceived and operated overseas information program."


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