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Clinton announces plan to reorganize foreign affairs agencies

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, December 30) -- President Bill Clinton has presented his plan to reorganize foreign affairs government agencies. In a letter to Congress, the president recommends two agencies and part of a third dissolve and become part of the State Department.

The reorganization of the agencies is pursuant to the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998. The White House says such integration of duties will "yield operating efficiencies as well as improve the quality of our activities."

Under the president's plan the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) and the United States Information Agency (USIA) would be dissolved in 1999. Most of the staff and the missions of the agencies would be integrated into State Department divisions.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would remain a separate government agency, but its administrator would report directly to the secretary of State instead of the president.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors, which is currently part of the U.S. Information Agency, would become a separate federal entity. This includes the Voice of America and other international broadcasing divisions.

The White House says the reorganization is "a bipartisan initiative, and the Administration will work cooperatively with the Congress on its implementation."

The statement concludes, "We need both effective organization and sufficient resources to ensure a strong foreign policy that serves the interests of the American people."


U.S. State Department Web site

U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Web site

U.S. Information Agency Web site

U.S. Agency for International Development Web site

Voice of America Web site


Wednesday, December 30, 1998

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