Matt Armstrong, author and publisher of MountainRunner.us, was recently sworn in as the Executive Director of the Advisory Commission. The immediate impact to this development is the suspension of his blog, including the publishing of guest posts, at MountainRunner.us.
The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy is a bipartisan panel created by Congress and appointed by the President to appraise U.S. Government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.
The Commission was reauthorized in June 2007 pursuant to Public Law P.L. 110-21 (2007). It formulates and recommends to the President, the Secretary of State, and Members of Congress policies and programs to carry out the public diplomacy functions vested in the State Department, Broadcasting Board of Governors, and other government agencies. It also appraises the effectiveness of the public diplomacy policies and programs carried out by government agencies.
By law, the Commission's seven 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 3-year terms with the possibility for reappointment. The Commission also includes an Executive Director hired as a civil servant on a two-year appointment.
The Commission reports its findings and recommendations to the President, the Congress, the Secretary of State, and to the American people.
Staff and Contact Information
Matt Armstrong, Executive Director
301 4th Street SW, Room M21
Department of State
website at http://state.gov/pdcommission