Reforming U.S. International Broadcasting

Broadcasting Board of Governors is practically defunct in terms of its capacity to be able to tell a message around the world.” - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, January 23, 2013, Testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (Watch the video here.)

“I, along with some of my board colleagues, have consistently advocated for necessary and far-reaching reform of the governance structure and organization of U. S. international broadcasting (USIB).  My belief in the importance and need for these reforms has only grown stronger the longer I have served.” – Dennis Mulhaupt, April 9, 2013, Resignation letter from the BBG Board  

Royce/Engel U.S. International Broadcasting Reform Legislation

H.R. 4490, the United States International Communications Reform Act to improve the missions, objectives, and effectiveness of U.S. international broadcasters. (Introduced on April 28, 2014 by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)).

Full text of H.R. 4490 - Suspension Text

Section-by-section summary of H.R. 4490

H.R. 4490 Committee Report

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News Releases on Reforming U.S. International Broadcasting

Chairman Royce Statement on Resignation of U.S. International Broadcasting Executive Andy Lack (March 5, 2015)

Chairman Royce Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting (July 28, 2014)

Chairman Royce Statement on Letter to President Obama Urging Support for Legislation to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting (July 28, 2014)

Dear Colleague: Support BBG Reform (July 28, 2014)

State Dept Inspector General Audit Finds Wasteful Spending, Other Problems at Broadcasting Board of Governors -- Royce Reacts (June 21, 2014)

VOA Union Supports Chairman Royce Efforts to Reform U.S.International Broadcasting (June 12, 2014)

Chairman Royce's letter to the editor of the Washington Post: The danger to Voice of America is maintaining the status quo (June 11, 2014)

Chairman Royce Announces Hearing on Reforming Broadcasting Board of Governors (June 21, 2013)

Foreign Affairs Committee to Convene 10 a.m. Hearing on Reforming Broadcasting Board of Governors -- Chairman Royce Opening Statement (June 26, 2013)

Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce U.S. International Broadcasting Reform Legislation (April 29, 2014) 

Committee to Consider U.S. International Broadcasting Reform Legislation Today -- Chairman Royce Opening Statement (April 30, 2014)

Committee Passes Bipartisan Mesaures to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting, Address the Conflict in Syria, Improve International Religious Freedom Protections (April 30, 2014)

Hearings on Reforming U.S. International Broadcasting

Broadcasting Board of Governors: An Agency "Defunct" (June 26, 2013)

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Calls BBG Defunct

Broad Support for U.S. International Broadcasting Reform

Mother Jones: Can the Guy Who Brought You "Friends" Win the Propaganda War Against ISIS and Putin? (March 4, 2015)

Wall Street Journal: A Broken Voice of America (December 11, 2014)

Wall Street Journal: How to Reply to Russian Propaganda (December 3, 2014)

Washington Post: Agency that few Americans use draws controversy (November 22, 2014)

The National Interest: Can America Still Win the Information War? (September 15, 2014)

The Daily Signal: Broadcasting Reform: Time to Rearm, and Fight Enemy Propaganda (September 11, 2014)

USC Center on Public Diplomacy: Promoting "Journalism with a Purpose" (August 7, 2014)

Boston Globe: Putin's propaganda highlights needs for public diplomacy (July 28, 2014)

VOA Union: Working with Congress to Improve International Broadcasting (July 22, 2014)

Washington Times: Agency admits it fired workers who reported wastefulness to Congress (July 16, 2014)

Washington Times: A propaganda-free Voice of America (July 15, 2014)

Weekly Standard: Fixing U.S. International Broadcasting - At Last! (July 3, 2014)

Gawker: Can Publicly Financed Journalism Ever Be Honest? (July 3, 2014)

Washington Times: Only way to save U.S. international broadcasting is complete reform (June 23, 2014)

Washington Times: ‘Scrap this broken agency’: Audit finds Broadcasting Board of Governors wasted $5M (June 21, 2014)

Foreign Policy: Waste and Abuse of Power at the BBG (June 17, 2014)

VOA Union: Enact H.R. 4490 (June 7, 2014)

Wall Street Journal: Unmuffling the Voice of America (June 5, 2014)

BBG Watch: Living in the Past (June 3, 2014)

VOA Union: Congressional Reform Bells are Ringing (June 2, 2014)

New York Times: House Measure to Change Voice of America’s Mission Is Drawing Intense Debate (May 21, 2014)

Chairman Royce Oped in Orange County Register: Combating Putin's misinformation machine (May 19, 2014)

Wall Street Journal: A New Voice of America (May 6, 2014)

Commentary: Voice of America Needs a Strategy (May 5, 2014)

The Hill: VOA Reform Push Sparks Propaganda Fears (May 4, 2014)

Radio World: House Committee Passes U.S. International Broadcasting Reforms (May 2, 2014)

Digitial Journal: No propaganda, Voice of America need not fear reform bill (May 2, 2014)

Washington Times:Government media board facing inquiry over hiring protocol (May 1,2014)

CQ/Roll Call: Bill Aims to Enhance Voice of America Role in Propaganda Wars (April 29, 2014)

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: New Bill Requires Voice of America to Toe U.S. Line (April 29, 2014)

Public Diplomacy Council: What is the Mission of U.S. International Broadcasting? (April 26, 2014)

The Heritage Foundation: Time to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting (April 24, 2014)

Wall Street Journal: The Voice of America Shouldn't Be a Whisper (April 17, 2014)

Washington Examiner: It's Time for Congress to hit the 'reset' button on public diplomacy (April 13, 2014)

Reports and Fact Sheets

BBG Reform Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Office of the Inspector General: Audit Finds Wasteful Spending

Office of Inspector General: Inspection of BBG

GAO Report on BBG: Additional Steps Needed to Address Overlap in International Broadcasting

Office of Inspector General Letter: Management Attention Needed to Improve BBG Aquisition Functions

Central and East European Coalition Supports H.R. 4490

Considering the "Illogical Patchwork": The BBG and U.S. International Broadcasting

Understanding the Mission of U.S. International Broadcasting

CRS Report: U.S. Public Diplomacy: Background and Current Issues

Deloitte Report on BBG