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PD Advisory Committee Annual Report Issued

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(U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy)

14 December 2014. U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD)  issued its annual report for 2014 on 11 December, the first such report since its reauthorization last year. The group’s document aims to provide a benchmark for more analytical reports in the future.

According to the transmittal letter, the report …

itemizes major public diplomacy and international broadcasting activities conducted by the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The report is based on data collected from every office at the State Department in the public diplomacy cone, the six regional bureaus in the State Department, and the Public Affairs Sections (PAS) of all U.S. embassies worldwide. It was compiled by ACPD staff with the close help and coordination of public diplomacy and BBG officials. The information focuses mainly on FY13 actual funds spent, as it provided the most complete accounting of public diplomacy and broadcasting activity at the time this was compiled. Wherever possible, the report also looks at FY14 actual and planned spending, in addition to FY15 budget requests, strategy, and activities.

The document offers 13 key findings and 35 recommendations, including the cost per participant in 89 academic, professional, youth, cultural and sports programs. The report also provides costs and focus of public diplomacy activities at more than 180 embassies, as well as programs and costs for 74 international broadcasting services.

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