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Executive Order: Protecting Democracy and Countering Foreign Propaganda

Executive Order: Protecting Democracy and Countering Foreign Propaganda


Section 1: Purpose and Policy


(a) The United States is committed to protecting the integrity of its democratic institutions and countering foreign propaganda and disinformation that seeks to undermine them.


(b) It is the policy of the United States to promote and protect the free flow of information, to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation, and to support the resilience of democratic institutions against external threats.


Section 2: Establishment of the Interagency Task Force on Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation


(a) There is hereby established the Interagency Task Force on Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation (the "Task Force").


(b) The Task Force shall be co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, and shall include representatives from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and other agencies as determined by the co-chairs.


(c) The Task Force shall be responsible for coordinating and integrating the efforts of the United States Government to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation, and to support the resilience of democratic institutions against external threats.


Section 3: Responsibilities of the Task Force


(a) The Task Force shall develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation, and to support the resilience of democratic institutions against external threats.


(b) The Task Force shall coordinate and integrate the efforts of the United States Government to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation, including by:


(i) Identifying and exposing foreign propaganda and disinformation;


(ii) Developing and disseminating fact-based narratives and messaging to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation;


(iii) Supporting independent media and civil society organizations in countries vulnerable to foreign propaganda and disinformation;


(iv) Strengthening the resilience of democratic institutions against external threats, including by promoting transparency, accountability, and the rule of law;


(v) Coordinating with international partners to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation; and


(vi) Conducting research and analysis to better understand the nature and scope of foreign propaganda and disinformation.


Section 4: Reporting and Oversight


(a) The Task Force shall provide regular reports to the President, the National Security Council, and the appropriate congressional committees on its activities and progress in countering foreign propaganda and disinformation.


(b) The Task Force shall be subject to oversight by the appropriate congressional committees.


Section 5: General Provisions


(a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.


(b) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

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