BBG Watch Commentary

The Ripon AdvanceThe Ripon Advance, a daily online news service of the Republican Party’s moderate Ripon Society, published a report on waste and mismanagement within the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and the Voice of America (VOA).

“A recent report from the State Department Office of the Inspector General found approximately $5 million in unapproved spending by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and other abuses of power by the agency.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the report indicated a lack of leadership within the BBG, an agency that oversees U.S. broadcast efforts in foreign countries.”

Royce and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recently co-sponsored the United States International Communications Reform Act (H.R. 4490), The Ripon Advance reported. “The measure would establish a full-time agency to oversee U.S. broadcasting efforts abroad and reduce the BBG to an advisory role,” the article notes.

READ MORE: Report details abuse of power, unauthorized spending by BBG, The Ripon Advance, June 25, 2014.

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