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 understand, inform and influence foreign publics in promotion of the national interest, and to broaden the dialogue between Americans and U.S. institutions and their counterparts abroad. The contribution of USIA public diplomacy to America's national interests over the last 44 years has been great: thirty heads of states have participated in USIA's International Visitor program; 10,000 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 the reorganization of the foreign affairs agencies, a move designed to reinvent the agencies (Department of State, USIA, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development) which implement the nation's foreign policy in order to ensure that they can effectively confront the challenges of the new century. The documents on this page relate to that reorganization. As new information related to USIA's reorganization is released, it will be posted here.