The federal agency responsible for administering civilian foreign aid is now hiring workers to combat negative news media and promote positive spin about its Afghanistan operations.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, is enlisting private-sector assistance to “lead rapid response efforts to correct erroneous or misleading news accounts.”

The agency on Tuesday re-launched its recruitment of a senior press liaison, who among other tasks must embark upon “aggressive outreach efforts” and “forge productive relationships” with international as well as Afghan news organizations, according to a Personal Services Contract, or PSC, notice – Solicitation Number SOL-306-12-000025-01/OPPD – that WND located the via routine database research.

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