BBG Watch Commentary
Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson has cited BBG Watch reporting on U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America’s (VOA) failure to provide timely online, Facebook, Twitter and radio news updates on U.S. mid-term elections results and other management problems at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), federal agency which oversees Voice of America.
JOE DAVIDSON, WASHINGTON POST: “Just last week it [BBG] began compensating people who were improperly fired in 2009 from the anachronistic Office of Cuba Broadcasting. Its [Voice of America] election night coverage three weeks ago was the target of derisive comments on BBG Watch, an online publication by current and former employees. Year after year, including this one, BBG is a loser on key employee survey questions.”
Davidson’s column describes concerns of hundreds of VOA contractors who fear that agency bureaucrats who violated the law by hiring contractors without proper authorization from Congress will now cut the number of contractor positions to comply with the law while maintaining the enormously overblown bureaucracy. Davidson reports that “more than 150 contractors sent a letter to BBG chairman Jeffrey Shell, with copies to 31 members of Congress, urging additional funding” for broadcasting and online reporting to strategically key countries, such as Russia, Iran, and China.
READ MORE: Agency that few Americans use draws controversy, Joe Davidson, The Washington Post, November 22, 2014.
This was an online article, but Washington Post said that more details will be included in the Federal Diary online Sunday evening and in Monday’s print editions of The Washington Post.
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