Broadcasting standards (1 - 10 of 16 items)
Broadcasting Board of Governors: Additional Steps Needed to Address Overlap in International Broadcasting
GAO-13-172: Published: Jan 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2013.
Nearly two-thirds of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) language services--offices that produce content for particular languages and regions-- overlap with another BBG service by providing programs to the same countries in the same languages. GAO identified 23 instances of overlap involving 43 of BBG's 69 services. For example, in 8 instances involving 16 services, a Voice of America servic...
U.S. International Broadcasting: Management of Middle East Broadcasting Services Could Be Improved
GAO-06-762: Published: Aug 4, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2006.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors' (BBG) broadcasting services, Radio Sawa, and the Alhurra satellite television networks--collectively known as the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN)--currently aim to reach Arabic speakers in 19 countries and areas throughout the Middle East. Annual spending for current activities amounts to about $78 million. GAO reviewed MBN's (1) strategic plannin...
U.S.-China Trade: Summary of 2003 World Trade Organization Transitional Review Mechanism for China
GAO-05-209R: Published: Jan 25, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2005.
China's 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) raised expectations with Congress and the private sector about the prospects for China to reform its markets and allow greater access to foreign goods and services. As part of our long-term body of work related to China's membership in the WTO, we reported in October 2004 on how the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Departments of...
U.S. International Broadcasting: New Strategic Approach Focuses on Reaching Large Audiences but Lacks Measurable Program Objectives
GAO-03-772: Published: Jul 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2003.
Prompted by a desire to reverse declining audience trends and to support the war on terrorism, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency responsible for U.S. international broadcasting, began developing its new strategic approach to international broadcasting in July 2001. This approach emphasizes the need to reach mass audiences by applying modern broadcast techniques and strategicall...
The Peace Corps Failed to Properly Supervise Missing Volunteer and Lost Track of Him
GAO-01-970R: Published: Jul 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2001.
Walter J. Poirier, a Peace Corps volunteer, was reportedly last seen in La Paz, Bolivia in February 2001. This report reviews (1) whether the Peace Corps failed to properly supervise Mr. Poirier's activities and (2) the actions taken by the Peace Corps and the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia when they learned that Mr. Poirier was missing. GAO found that Mr. Poirier failed to follow Peace Corps location an...
U.S. International Broadcasting: Strategic Planning and Performance Management System Could Be Improved
NSIAD-00-222: Published: Sep 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined whether the Broadcasting Board of Governors: broadcasters (1) responded to the specific limitations and cost-cutting expectations regarding Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's operations; (2) implemented an annual language service review process; and (3) instituted a strategic planning and performance management system.GAO noted that: (1) the Board m...
U.S. Information Agency: Issues Related to Reinvention Planning in the Office of Cuba Broadcasting
NSIAD-96-110: Published: May 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the United States Information Agency's (USIA) Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), focusing on the: (1) OCB reinvention plan; (2) role and use of OCB research analysts; (3) reasons behind a former OCB director's resignation; (4) extent to which Radio Marti is in compliance with Voice of America (VOA) broadcast standards; and (5) invest...
Status of Open Recommendations: Improving National Security and International Affairs Programs
OP-93-1A: Published: Jan 15, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1993.
GAO reported on the conclusions and recommendations resulting from its audits and other reviews of federal departments and agencies. Information is presented on recommendations in the areas of national security and international affairs for which no satisfactory legislative or administrative actions have been completed. They are submitted for use in congressional review of budget requests for fisc...
TV Marti: Costs and Compliance With Broadcast Standards and International Agreements
NSIAD-92-199: Published: May 6, 1992. Publicly Released: May 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined TV Marti's: (1) cost since inception, including the value of support services provided by other agencies; (2) compliance with Voice of America broadcast standards; and (3) compliance with international agreements.GAO found that: (1) during fiscal years (FY) 1989 through 1992, TV Marti had $52.6 million available for operations; (2) of the $52.6 m...
Improved Oversight Can Reduce Broadcast Violations at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
NSIAD-85-93: Published: Jun 24, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) broadcast controls and the Board for International Broadcasting's (BIB) program oversight activities.GAO found that, since 1982, new RFE/RL management has made several changes to improve staff morale, enhance journalistic independence, and improve program quality. Under these changes, some program...