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English/Español: Rubio, Díaz-Balart Oppose Layoffs at Office of Cuba Broadcasting

Sep 13, 2022 | Press Releases

The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) announced plans to implement a reduction in force (RIF) at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), which would result in layoffs for up to 30 employees just before the holidays. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting has been at the forefront of U.S. efforts to provide the Cuban people with access to uncensored news and information. 

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) sent a letter to Kela Chao, Acting Chief Executive Officer of USAGM, and Sylvia Rosabal, Director of the OCB, urging the agencies to reconsider their plans. 

  • “We believe that USAGM has failed to justify to Congress as to how these changes will further OCB’s mission to support the right of the Cuban people to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas. In light of last year’s unprecedented and historic protests across Cuba, and within all applicable rules and regulations, we request that you reconsider any plans to implement this reduction in force (RIF).” 

  • “As we continue to exercise our oversight and appropriating duties, we respectfully request a thorough justification of USAGM’s decision to implement a RIF at OCB. We also request an answer as to why USAGM requested a more than 50% reduction to OCB’s funding in the first place.” 

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La Agencia de EE.UU. para los Medios Globales (USAGM, por sus siglas en inglés) anunciaron planes para implementar una “Reducción de Fuerza” (RIF, por sus siglas en inglés) en la Oficina de Transmisiones a Cuba (OCB, por sus siglas en inglés), plan que resultaría en despidos para hasta 30 empleados justo antes de las fiestas navideñas. La Oficina de Transmisiones a Cuba ha estado a la vanguardia de los esfuerzos de EE.UU. para brindarle al pueblo cubano acceso a noticias e información sin censura.
El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) y el congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) enviaron una carta a Kelu Chao, la director ejecutiva interina de USAGM, y Sylvia Rosabal, la directora de OCB, instando a las agencias a reconsiderar sus planes.
Haga clic aquí para una lista completa de legisladores que firmaron la carta.   
¿Quiere más información? El texto completo de la carta en inglés se encuentra aquí.