April 5, 1999

Release No. 014-99

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United States Information Agency- News Release

USIA-Chaired Interagency Working Group Earns Vice President=s Hammer Award

Washington, D.C. --- On April 7 the Interagency Working Group on United States Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training (IAWG) will receive a Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government. Morley Winograd, Senior Policy Advisor to the Vice President and Director for the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, will present the award. The coveted Hammer Award is earned by teams of federal employees and their partners who have made extraordinary progress in reinventing government.

The IAWG earned the Hammer Award for reinventing the way federal agencies communicate, cooperate, and coordinate U.S. government-sponsored international people-to-people exchanges and training activities and for establishing ways of disseminating information about these activities to government agencies, the private sector, foreign partners, and the American public. The IAWG is orchestrating the most comprehensive gathering and evaluation of information about international exchange activity ever undertaken by the federal government.

Receiving the award will be former IAWG Chair Dr. John P. Loiello, the former USIA Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs; former IAWG Staff Director Jacob P. Gillespie; and 65 others representing the 28 IAWG member agencies.

The IAWG has issued its first annual report and six regional reports on U.S.-sponsored exchanges, developed case studies of successful public-private partnerships, and created a centralized clearinghouse and forthcoming website. The IAWG's 1997 Annual Report includes an inventory of more than 200 international exchanges and training programs worldwide from more than 60 U.S. government departments and agencies. These programs involve approximately 140,000 participants annually.

The IAWG, currently chaired by USIA Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs Dr. William B. Bader, with Staff Director William P. Kiehl, was established by Executive Order 13055 in July 1997 and modified by subsequent legislation (the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999, Public Law 105-277). The IAWG is composed of senior representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, Education, and Justice, and the Agency for International Development, with representatives from 22 other federal agencies, and is statutorily chaired by the United States Information Agency.

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