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Consolidation of USIA into the State Department: An Assessment After One Year

Published October 2000

The U.S. Department of State published this report by the bipartisan U.S. Advisory Committee on Public Diplomacy. The executive summary states, "The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy finds that the consolidation of the United States Information Agency (USIA) into the State Department has to date produced a mixed record. For former USIA employees, the transition has meant a very difficult adjustment; while moving to the State Department has afforded former USIA employees unprecedented career opportunities, it has also required them to conform to the procedures of a Department that is overly centralized and hierarchical. The Commission finds that morale among the Department’s “new” employees is worringly low, but morale is a major problem throughout the entire Department, not just among former USIA employees."

 

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