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Background: An Introduction to International Cultural Property Protection in the U.S.

I. Introduction  
IIA. The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act  
IIB. Provisions of the Cultural Property Implementation Act 
III. Role of the United States Information Agency (USIA)  
IV. Role of Other U.S. Government Agencies 

III. Role of the United States Information Agency (USIA)

A. Executive Responsibilities
The Cultural Property Implementation Act (hereinafter, the "Act") ascribes numerous functions to the president of the United States to carry out the provisions of Sections 303 and 304. Most of these have been delegated to the Director of USIA, who, in practice is the president's designee in carrying out the principle executive functions of the Act. These functions have been re-delegated to the Deputy Director of USIA.  

The decision-making authority to impose import restrictions resides at USIA. The recommendation of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee is considered when this recommendation is received within the time constraints stipulated by the Act (90 days for emergency action and 150 days for action within the terms of an agreement).  

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