Coordination of International Exchange and Training Programs:

Opportunities and Limitations

ID-78-37: Published: Jul 24, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1978.

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The U.S. Government has sought over the past 30 years to supplement intergovernmental diplomacy through programs involving exchange activities of private citizens. On April 1, 1978, the International Communication Agency (ICA) assumed the functions of coordinating the international information, educational, cultural, and exchange programs and serving as a governmental focal point for private U.S. international exchange programs.

Efforts over the past 2 decades to expand interagency data sharing among federal exchange and training programs proved to be limited and short lived. Also, efforts to coordinate the programs were ineffective. Coordination has limitations that should be recognized in terms of cost-effectiveness, and more realistic goals are needed.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Director, ICA, should evaluate the possibility of expanding utilization of the Exchange Visitor Information System by including additional visa categories and arrange with the Department of State to issue new instructions to the field designed to clarify interagency data-sharing and coordination requirements. Periodic Washington conferences among U.S. agencies engaged in exchange and training activities should be held under sponsorship of the appropriate organization. ICA should resume publication of the State Department's "Directory of Contacts for International Educational, Cultural and Scientific Exchange Programs," obtain and use periodic rosters of exchangees, and seek to clarify uses of the "Arrival List of International Visitors" to determine whether it should be continued and, if so, its coverage should be expanded.

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