Cushy gig at taxpayer expense

USAJOBS posted an ad for a “senior executive” at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. The ad gives few details, but Joan Mower gladly fills in the blanks on Twitter: Great USG job @ fun, small agency. Good salary ($176,500), no education needed, no heavy lifting, virtually no … Read more

Taxpayers foot the bill, but are Cubans watching?

The U.S. Agency for Global Media on Wednesday reported that its weekly audience rose to 345 million, up from 278 million in 2017, a 24 percent increase. The report gives a snapshot of the radio, television and Internet audience of the agency’s five media outlets: Voice of America Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Cuba Broadcasting, including … Read more

U.S. agency fends off “drive-by” malware

The Broadcasting Board of Governors endured “drive-by” malware in 2015 that may have been linked to “a malicious Russian advertising site,” an internal memo shows. Drive-by malware is common. Merely visiting a malicious site – mail-order bride from Russia, anyone? – can infect your computer. The May 20, 2015, memo stated: The Agency received no … Read more

Tale of two missions

Alan Gross set up Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuba on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Cuban authorities caught him and threw him in jail in 2009. While he was behind bars, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, was sending satellite terminals to Havana to allow Cubans to connect to the … Read more

Secret deals hidden under a soybean pile?

Something strange turned up in Broadcasting Board of Governors’ spending records: more than $4 million for soybean farming. Dig deeper and records show the funds ostensibly paid for such items as “Aircraft Gunnery Fire Control Components.” One record lists guns up to 30mm. All this is difficult to understand, particularly since the BBG’s stated mission … Read more