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.

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Mar 19, 2018

  • Ampcus, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
  • AMAR Health IT, LLC
    We dismiss the protest because our Office does not have jurisdiction to entertain protests of task orders issued under civilian agency multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Centurum, Inc.--Costs
    We grant the request.

Mar 15, 2018

  • ORBIS Sibro, Inc.
    We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.

Mar 14, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

  • Interoperability Clearinghouse
    We dismiss the protest because the protester, a not-for-profit entity, is not an interested party to challenge this sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.

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