Interpretation of A Law Forbidding Domestic Propaganda and Determination of Possible Violation

B-177704: Feb 7, 1973

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A Senator requested GAO's interpretation of the Foreign Assistance and Related Agencies Programs Appropriations Act, 1972, which forbids domestic propaganda. Further, the Senator requested that GAO determine the extent to which the Agency for International Development (AID) may be violating this provision.

GAO has previously made similar determinations that the statutory restrictions are too vague. Until Congress takes legislative action to more clearly define the intent of the statutory propaganda restrictions, we generally are not in a position to conclude that an agency's informational activities are in violation of such restrictions.