U.S. gov’t pays $19 million to unnamed contractors

The U.S. Agency for Global Media paid $38,280,250 to artists, writers, performers and musical groups from 2018 to 2020, records show. Nearly half – $19,106,558 – were identified as “miscellaneous foreign contractors,” making it almost impossible to identify the recipients. Records named the remaining 258 contractors, who received a total of $19,173,692. The top three … Read more

Cuba broadcasting tied to U.S. national security

If a lack of funding triggers a government shutdown, any federal employees caught working face potential fines of up to $5,000 and two years in jail. But government activities considered necessary “for the safety of human life or the protection of property” or “for conducting foreign relations essential to national security” are allowed to continue … Read more

U.S. seeks media guru/Cuba expert

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is looking for a chief content officer. The position is based in Miami and pays $137,849 to $166,500 per year. No drug test is required, but applicants must undergo a thorough background check. Federal jobs are given risk and sensitivity factors depending on the position’s potential to cause harm. USAJobs.gov … Read more

Former official now on a path to redemption

A counterterrorism expert survived near-death experiences in Pakistan only to fall victim to his own creative yet fraudulent paperwork. Haroon Ullah, once a rising star at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, must spend three months in jail for cheating the federal government, a judge ruled last week. Ullah must also pay $34,388.63 in restitution … Read more

“Dedicated patriot” stole from U.S. government

The former chief strategy officer for the U.S. Agency for Global Media is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 in U.S. District Court in Virginia for felony theft of government funds. Haroon K. Ullah, a former State Department employee, admitted to cheating his employer out of at least $37,082.49, prosecutors say. Ullah is a … Read more