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1974 Twenty-Seventh Annual Report Recommendations, United States Advisory Commission on Information

Chairman: Hobart Lewis

  • Chairman of the Board of Reader’s Digest

Summary:  More hands-on approaches were recommended in this report. The Commission noted that communications of all kinds needed to be improved.

Major Recommendations:

  • The U.S. Information Agency (USIA) should improve its communications and relations with Congress.
  • The Agency and Congress should pay urgent attention to developing superpower shortwave transmitters.
  • USIA needs to have a permanent memory bank.
  • Review all aspects of the Cultural Affairs Officer position (recommended in previous Reports 19 and 20).
  • Members of Congress should visit posts abroad, staying long enough to grasp the nature of the operations.
  • Continue extending invitations to Members of Congress to participate in exhibits or programs at centers, libraries, or bi-national centers.
  • Make copies of the Agency’s “Wireless File” available to Congress.
  • Make greater use of research (recommended consistently).
  • Strive to become the model agency for equal opportunity.
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