Last Updated 10/24//97
USIA Director Statements
White House Statements
Since its creation in 1953, the United States Information Agency (USIA) has had fourteen directors and two names. Throughout that time, USIA's mission has been to promote the national interest and national security of the United States through understanding, informing and influencing foreign publics, and broadening dialogue between American citizens and institutions and their counterparts abroad. The contribution of USIA public diplomacy to America's national interests over the last 44 years has been great: 168 heads of state have participated in USIA's International Visitor program; over 20,000 Americans have spoken overseas under USIA auspices; millions of overseas listeners have tuned in to VOA broadcasts. In the upcoming century of faster and wider communication and contact between the United States and other countries and peoples, public diplomacy's contribution to safeguarding America's short, medium and long term national interests will grow every year.
On April 18, 1997, Vice President Gore announced "an historic opportunity to reinvent" the nation's foreign affairs agencies (Department of State, USIA, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development) to ensure that they can effectively confront the challenges of the new century. These four federal agencies are currently preparing an implementation plan for the reorganization, which should be completed by 1999.
The documents on this page relate to that reorganization process. As new information related to USIA's reorganization is released, it will be posted here.
Various organizations have an interest in the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Agencies Reorganization. This section highlights documents and statements from organizations which have commented on the reorganization of the public diplomacy functions currently carried out by USIA.