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$ 502.7 History and background.
(d) On August 1, 1953, with the cre(a) Educators and producers/distrib
ation of the U.S. Information Agency, utors of educational/informational ma
this attestation program was transferred
to USIA, where it has continued without terials particularly those items coming
interruption. As of January 1, 1967, the to be known as "audio-visual”—noticed
U.S. Government had issued over 26,000 with respect to international commerce
certificates covering an estimated 175,000 in such materials that the tariff and
items of visual and auditory materials customs laws extant in several countries
(a number of the certificates cover a provided for duty-free, accelerated entry
series of items), and over 3,000 different of same if the nature of the materials was
Applicants had submitted materials for satisfactorily established. In order to
export certification. The number of times take advantage of that existing situation,
a certificate is re-used for subsequent the Geneva Convention of 1933 and the
shipments of additional copies of the Buenos Aires Convention of 1936 were
same item is, of course, unknown. drafted to provide for a technique of certified shipments as to this interna
(e) Beirut program countries are as tional commerce. However, the United
follows: States did not join either convention:
(1) Formally participating. Geneva, because the procedure was United States of
Malagasy Republic. thought to be impractical since it in- America.
Norway. volved the initial shipment of all ma
Pakistan. terials to a commission located in Italy
The Philippines. Canada.
El Salvador. that was to issue all certificates; Buenos
Syria. Aires, because of the manner of handling
Yugoslavia. propaganda materials.
Trinidad and (b) In 1938, the U.S. Department of Haiti.
Tobago. State established the policy of this Gov- Iran.
Malawi. ernment to assist in every appropriate Iraq. way the circulation abroad of American
(2) Informally participating. (USIA visual and auditory materials, and in
has reason to believe-judging from ac1942 implemented that policy by begin
tual practice reported—that U.S.A. cerning to' certify American audio-visual
tificates have a significantly salutary materials as to their educational/infor
effect upon the waiver of duties and exmational nature, to facilitate their ship
pediting of imports into these countries.) ment and probable duty-free entry abroad. The program was further de
Costa Rica. veloped in 1946 by establishment of an
Dominican Republic. Nigeria. interdepartmental committee on attesta
Panama tion, in order to give attestation officers
Rhodesia. the benefit of government-wide expertise Guatemala.
Spain.1 in the reviewing of motion pictures and India.
Sweden. other audio-visual materials.
Taiwan. (c) Most of the objections to the Ge- Italy.1
Turkey. neva and Buenos Aires treaties were
Uruguay. overcome in the drafting of the Beirut Additionally, the U.S. Government is Agreement of 1948 through the device of regularly recognizing foreign certificates certification by an agency of the govern- on exports received from a number of ment of the country of origin of the ma- other countries, including: terials. That treaty has since 1948 been
France. the guide for all U.S.A. export certifica
United Kingdom. Japan. tion. Although delayed in ratification
[32 F.R. 10352, July 14, 1967, as amended at and in the passage of implementing leg
33 F.R. 15548, Oct. 19, 1968) islation, the U.S.A. has now become a full partner in Beirut, so that (effective January 12, 1967) imports under foreign certificate move in duty-free for the first time.
1 Limited participation.
8 502.8 Miscellaneous; coordination with
U.S. Customs Bureau. (a) Nothing in these regulations shall preclude normal examinations of imported materials under the Customs laws and regulations (Title 19, U.S. Code; Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations), or the application of the laws and regulations governing the importation or prohibition against importation of certain materials including seditious or salacious materials as provided in 19 U.S. Code 1305.
(b) Each USIA action, authenticating a foreign certificate, will be reflected in an Importation Document furnished the Applicant; a copy of each such Importation Document will be simultaneously furnished the U.S. Bureau of Customs (Treasury Department). USIA records and officers are always available to the U.S. Bureau of Customs in connection with all questions within the competence of the Bureau.
(c) For customs regulations relating to entry of articles conditionally free under item 870.30 see 19 CFR 10.121. U.S. importers and consignees who, due either to inadvertence or lack of knowledge as to customs procedures, believe that a recent import shipment of audiovisual material is eligible for duty-free treatment under the regulations in this part may contact the U.S. Information Agency Office identified in the regulations in this part to obtain advice and information respecting steps necessary to explore their claim with appropriate customs officers.
(d) Although U.S. law and the treaty permit the restriction of use of these materials to "nonprofitmaking purposes", this Government has not imposed such a restriction, so that regular commercial uses are permissable. Also, this treaty does not describe or categorize eligible importers or consignees, so that any commercial enterprise may be the recipient of these international shipments.
(e) Postal clearing fee: Articles delivered by mail, which are eligible for duty-free entry under the regulations in this part, are, additionally, not subject to the standard Postal Clearing Fee normally imposed by the U.S. Post Office Department, provided there has been a timely filing with the appropriate U.S. Customs Office of the documentation required by the regulations in this part. (32 F.R. 10352, July 14, 1967, as amended at 32 F.R. 11157, Aug. 1, 1967)
PART 503_ORGANIZATION AND $ 503.2 Description of central and field AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS
organization, established places at
which, officers from whom, and meth. Sec.
ods whereby the public may obtain 503.1 Introduction.
information. 503.2 Description of central and field organization, established places at
The United States Information Agency which, officers from whom, and
is organized to help achieve U.S. foreign methods whereby the public may policy objectives by making understandobtain information,
able to the people of other countries U.S. 503.3 Places at which forms and instruc
actions and policies, as well as the traditions for use by the public may be tions, values, and culture from which
obtained. 503.4 Substantive rules of general appli
they flow. The Agency advises the Presicability adopted as authorized by
dent, his representatives abroad, and the law, and statements of general pol
various departments and agencies on the icy or interpretation of general ap
implications of foreign opinion for presplicability formulated and adopted ent and contemplated U.S. policies, proby the Agency.
grams, and official statements. To 503.5 Availability of policies, interpreta- achieve these purposes, the Agency is tions, manuals and instructions.
directed from Washington, D.C. It op503.6 Availability of Agency records. 503.7 Exemptions.
erates field posts in over 100 foreign 503.8 Limitation of exemptions.
countries. The chief executive of the
Agency is the Director, assisted by the AUTHORITY: The provisions of this part 503
Deputy Director and the Deputy Director issued under sec. 4, 63 Stat. 111, as amended,
(Policy and Research). The Director is sec. 501, 65 Stat. 290; 22 U.S.C. 2658, 31 U.S.C. 483a, 5 U.S.C. 301, 552, E.O. 10477, as
advised by the Advisory Commission on amended; 3 CFR, 1949–1953 Comp., E.O.
Information, a body of five private cit10501, as amended; 3 CFR, 1949–1953 Comp. izens appointed by the President and
confirmed by the Senate. SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 503 appear at 32 F.R. 9657, July 4, 1967, unless (a) Closely attached to the Office of otherwise noted.
the Director are the Office of Policy
and Research, the Office of the Inspec$ 503.1 Introduction.
tor General, the Office of the U.S. Com(a) This part implements the Act of missioner General for the Canadian June 5, 1967, P.L. 90–23, 81 Stat. 54 (here- World Exhibition, and the Office of inafter referred to as “the Act,”) which Public Information. codifies P.L. 89-487, the "Public Informa- (1) Office of Policy and Research tion Act of 1966,” and amends the “Pub- (IOP). IOP formulates basic informalic Information" Section of the Admin- tion policies, themes, and program istrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 552). emphases for the Agency. It obtains
(b) The Act is designed to insure freer policy and background information from and easier access by members of the pub- the Department of State and other lic to information about the organiza- sources and prepares policy guidance for tion, procedures, and records of the de
operating elements of the Agency. It partments and agencies of the executive coordinates media output so that the branch of the Government than has content will accurately reflect Agency previously been available. In compliance policy and emphasis. The IOP staff with the Act, the Agency will make the maintains liaison with the White House, fullest possible disclosure of its informa- Departments of State and Defense, and tion and identifiable records consistent other agencies, and represents the with the provisions of the Act and these Agency on interdepartmental groups regulations requiring or permitting non- concerned with foreign affairs. IOP has disclosure.
on its staff specalists in national security, science, space, economics, youth (1) Office of Personnel and Training and students, cultural affairs, labor, (IPT). IPT formulates and implements minorities, and women's activities. A staff personnel policies and procedures; plans member serves as the Agency Repre- and executes personnel programs includsentative at the U.S. Mission to the ing recruitment, examination, selection, United Nations and advises the U.S. placement of employees, career developMission on foreign public opinion factors ment, and position classification; and in U.S. Policies and actions in the plans and conducts orientation and United Nations. The Foreign Corre- training programs for domestic and spondents Center in New York, under Foreign Service employees. the supervision of IOP, provides assist- (2) Office of Administration (10A). ance to foreign correspondents reporting IOA carries out programs and advises the on and interpreting America and its Director and other Agency officials on policies to their home countries. This administration, including budget, fioffice also is responsible for special nance, contract and procurement, adanalytical studies required for the im- ministrative services, management, plementation in the Agency of the Presi- emergency planning and library services. dent's Planning-Programing-Budget (3) Office of the General Counsel System (P.P.B.S.). It prepares studies (IGC). IGC advises the Agency on the of objectives and individual program meaning and intent of all laws, regulaactivities and attempts to determine tions, and Executive orders which autheir effectiveness. Research data is col- thorize or affect the Agency's programs. lected on foreign opinion and overseas This office also assists in the drafting of propaganda trends.
proposed legislation, Executive orders, (2) Office of the Inspector General regulations, contracts, and leases. The (I/IG). I/IG appraises for the Director General Counsel also supplements the the operation and administration of personal relations of the Director with overseas establishments, including eval- Congress. uations of the Agency's Foreign Service (4) Office of Security (IOS). IOS is personnel. It selects personnel to conduct responsible for physical, personnel, and overseas inspections, provides guidance documentary security. It also serves as for inspections, evaluates inspection
the investigating arm of the Agency. reports, and makes appropriate recom- (c) Program materials are generated mendations to the Director. It serves as by the Agency's media services, the liaison with the Department of State to Broadcasting Service, the Information make the Agency's inspection procedures Center Service, the Motion Picture and and rating standards compatible with
Television Service, and the Press and those of the Department.
Publications Service. (3) Office of the Commissioner Gen- (1) Broadcasting Service (IBS). IBS eral for the Canadian World Exhibition (the Voice of America) produces and (IME). IME, as the title of the office broadcasts radio programs in English suggests, is not a permanent Agency and foreign languages and operates office. The Office planned the U.S. par- broadcasting and relay facilities to ticipation in the 1967 Exhibition at transmit these programs. It also furMontreal. It supervised and coordinated nishes technical services and materials the design, construction, and installation to the Agency's overseas posts for broadand continues to operate and administer casting radio programs through local the U.S. pavilion and its exhibits and outlets, and it supplies packaged profeatures.
grams to the posts. (4) Office of Public Information (2) Information Center Service (ICS). (I/R). I/R responds to requests from ICS furnishes technical direction, mathe general public for information on terials, and assistance to information the Agency's programs. It serves as the centers, libraries, and binational cenpoint of contact within the Agency for ters. It promotes the distribution of the press and other commercial media of American books, in English and foreign communication.
languages, to individuals and institu(b) Staff support is provided by the tions of particular local significance. It Office of Personnel and Training, the designs and contracts for the construcOffice of Administration, the Office of the tion of exhibits reflecting American culGeneral Counsel, and the Office of ture and other achievements. It supports Security.
the English teaching programs of USIS, binational centers, and special English Europe (IAS), Near East and South teaching institutes by providing consul- Asia (IAN), and East Asia and Pacific tative services and teaching materials. (IAF). The six Assistant Directors for ICS has also conducted the Informa- areas help to formulate information tional Media Guaranty Program which is policies and represent the Director on now in process of liquidation.
interagency groups. They are responsible (3) Motion Picture and Television for the direction, coordination, and manService (IMV). IMV contracts for the agement of information programs for production of, or otherwise acquires, mo- the countries of their geographic areas tion pictures in appropriate languages and for that portion of the Department for use abroad in commercial theaters of State's exchange program directed by or for showing by USIS posts. It produces USIS overseas posts. They supply a or acquires television films and tapes knowledge of field problems and refor posts to place on local television sta- quirements to the Agency's media eletions and networks in countries overseas. ments and policy and planning officers. It furnishes USIS posts with necessary They arrange with media services to proequipment, supplies, technical services vide media products to their areas. They and direction for motion picture and consult with appropriate area and counte sion programs. The International try officers in the Department of State, Communications Media Staff of the Mo- the Agency for International Develoption Picture and Television Service ment, and with other agencies on matmonitors and facilitates the operation of ters of mutual concern. certain international organizations and (e) The foregoing Agency elements festivals including United States par- have their principal Washington offices ticipation therein, and assists some in the following locations: domestic organizations active in this
AGENCY ELEMENTS AND ADDRESSES field. Also under authority delegated to the Agency by Executive Order 11311 of
The Director, Office of Policy and Research, October 14, 1966, issued pursuant to
Office of the Inspector General, Office of
the Commissioner General for the CanaPublic Law 89-634 the staff issues export
dian World Exhibition, Office of Public Incertificates of educational, audiovisual formation, Office of Administration, Office materials and authenticates foreign cer- of the General Counsel, Office of Security, tificates covering the import of such Area Offices for Africa, Latin America, Eumaterials.
rope, Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, (4) Press and Publications Service
Near East and South Asia, and East Asia (IPS). IPS produces a wide variety of
and Pacific—1750 Pennsylvania Avenue editorial materials for placement by
Office of Personnel and Training, Press and USIS posts overseas in local newspapers Publications Service-1776 Pennsylvania and periodicals and for use in post pub- Avenue NW. lications. It produces and operates the Information Center Service-1711 New York Wireless File to USIS posts in all areas Avenue NW. of the world via radioteletype. It provides Broadcasting Service --Health, Education, posts a general and regional feature and Welfare Building, 300 C Street Sw. service, photographs and picture stories,
Motion Picture and Television Service-Old plastic printing plates, “paper show” ex
Post Office Building, 12th Street and Penn
sylvania Avenue NW. hibits, magazines, pamphlets, posters, magazine reprints, cartoon booklets and (f) Agency offices abroad, known as continuity strips. It also manages print
the U.S. Information Service (USIS), ing plants at Regional Service Centers under the supervision of the Chiefs of in Manila, Beirut and Mexico City, fur- Mission, and with the guidance of the nishes posts with press and photo sup- Director and the appropriate area Asplies and equipment, and offers them sistant Director, conduct public informatechnical advice.
public relations and cultural (d) Direction of the Agency's over- activities—i.e., those activities intended seas programs is provided by the As- to inform or influence foreign public sistant Directors for the six geographical opinion-for agencies of the U.S. Govareas on all programs in or directed to ernment except for Commands of the countries in these areas. The areas are Department of Defense. Each USIS ofAfrica (IAA), Latin America (IAL), Eu- fice is headed by a Public Affairs Officer rope (IAE), Soviet Union and Eastern who is a member of the “country team”