AFGE Local 1812

AFGE1812 SALUTES A GOVERNOR AND A LADY

The AFGE Local 1812 wishes to salute the dedication, integrity and hard work of Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Board Chair Susan McCue. She has been nominated by President Obama to join the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and will be leaving her public service at the BBG.

We were not surprised that President Obama would turn to someone as competent as Ms. McCue, and entrust her with additional responsibilities, but she will be sorely missed in her BBG and RFE/RL positions.

Like another former Governor, U.S. Ambassador Victor Ashe, as well as BBG Governor Michael Meehan, and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine, Ms. McCue was a strong defender of BBG journalists, arguing for more resources and better management from the compromised International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). She played a key role in resolving the management problems which escalated into a diplomatic crisis at the Russian Service of Radio Liberty over the reckless firing of valued and respected reporters and she also helped to recruit Kevin Klose to lead RFE/RL, where he has started to rebuild the broadcasting station's credibility.

The departure of Susan McCue from the BBG, following that of Governor Ashe, will present a big challenge to new BBG members. The new BBG Chairman, Jeff Shell, and other new BBG members will be tasked to continue the reforms which could prevent the further implosion of U.S. international broadcasting, especially at the Voice of America (VOA). Or be pressured to unravel them. That is, if as we suspect the entrenched IBB executive staff engages in the same type of tactics that resulted in Governor Ashe’s departure.

We salute Ms. Susan McCue as a Governor of integrity, a fighter for good governance, and the normalization of relations between management and BBG journalists and contractors.

Our warmest wishes to her in her new responsibilities at the MCC. Their gain is definitely our loss.
 

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