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Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

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The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy is a bipartisan Presidentially-appointed panel created by Congress to provide oversight of U.S.-government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.

The Commission, now in its 52nd year, was reauthorized last fall pursuant to P.L. 106-113 (H.R. 3194, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2000). It is responsible for assessing public diplomacy policies and programs of the U.S. State Department, American missions abroad, and other agencies. Advisory Commission responsibilities extend to international exchanges, U.S. government international information programs, and publicly-funded non-governmental organizations.

By law, the Commission's six members are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. They are selected from a cross-section of professional backgrounds and serve three-year terms with the possibility for reappointment.

The Commission reports its findings and recommendations to the President, the Congress, the Secretary of State, and to the American people.