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By Chairman Michael McCaul

The National Review

February 7, 2024

Most Americans have never heard of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), a tiny piece of the federal bureaucracy that funds news reporting in countries where freedom and democracy are in short supply. In recent years, though, this small agency has experienced an extraordinary crisis of leadership.

The larger story here is the dangerous power of institutional inertia: the refusal by the agency, charged with serving the American people and maintaining the public trust, first to take whistleblowers seriously, and then to admit it blundered by not doing so. At worst, these failures evince a deliberate effort to protect a loyalist insider and cover up her wrongdoing. It should not take three years of fighting tooth and nail — nor require multiple internal and external investigations — to resolve federal personnel matters.

The full text of the opinion editorial can be found here.