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Why pro-democracy broadcasters targeting Cuba feel demoralized

Why pro-democracy broadcasters targeting Cuba feel demoralized
BY KELLY COHEN | JULY 10, 2014 | 6:00 AM

Office of Cuba Broadcasting employees suffered from low morale last
year, but "fear of retaliation" prevented them from speaking up about
it, according to report by State Department's inspector general.

Besides the fear of retaliation, the IG also attributed the low morale
to "the lack of transparency in decision making, the inability to offer
suggestions and the lack of effective communication."

The 100 OCB employees produce pro-democracy messages for broadcasts
aimed at Cuba on Radio and TV Marti.

"Interviews with OCB employees staff indicated that the acting general
manager's management style has negatively affected operations," the IG said.

But when asked about the employees' concerns, OCB management cited
results from the 2013 Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee
Viewpoint Survey.

That survey showed an unknown number of employees gave high scores in
the categories of "work experience, leadership, and supervisors,"
according to the IG.

The IG said the OPM survey failed to ask about low employee morale
despite it being cited as an issue in a 2007 IG report and a 2009
Government Accountability Office report.

Neither of those reports, however, encouraged OPM to ask about employee

"Senior management needs to take additional steps to allow employees to
offer suggestions and communicate with them effectively without fear of
reprisal or intimidation," the IG said.

Employees were also unable to deal with a hypothetical crisis, attack or
intruder at the Miami, Fla., office, the IG said.

Other details about what the IG called "security deficiencies" at OCB
offices were redacted in the copy of the report that was released to the

The current OCB annual budget is $31 million.

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