Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs

The United States government's Office of Inter-American Affairs or Office for Coordination of Commercial and Cultural Relations between the American Republics (OCCCRBAR) was established in 1940 to promote increased inter-American cooperation, especially in commercial and economic areas. It was renamed Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CIAA) in 1941 and Office for Inter-American Affairs in 1945.

Coordinator of OCCCCRBAR and OCIAA (1940 - 1944) Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller

Director of the Office for Inter - American Affairs (1945 - 1946) Wallace K. Harrison

By an Executive order of August 31, 1945, the informational activities of the Office of Inter-American Affairs were transferred to the Department of State; and by an Executive order of April 10, 1946, the Office was abolished and its remaining functions and responsibilities were transferred to that Department.

Soviet penetration

The Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs was penetrated by Soviet intelligence during World War II. Below is a list of American citizens who as federal employees in the CIAA engaged in espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. The CIAA's code name in Soviet intelligence and in the Venona project is "Cabaret".


  • Elizabeth Bentley deposition 30 November 1945, FBI file 65-14603.
  • Elizabeth Bentley, Out of Bondage: The Story of Elizabeth Bentley, Devin-Adair Company, 1951.
  • “Underground Soviet Espionage Organization (NKVD) in Agencies of the United States Government,’’ 21 February 1946, FBI Silvermaster file (FBI file 65-56402), serial 573.
  • Hottel to Director, 28 February 1947, FBI Silvermaster file, serial 2437
  • Memo on Fahy, 17 April 1946, FBI Silvermaster file, serial 1364
  • FBI Silvermaster file
  • Venona decrypt 1714 KGB New York to Moscow, 5 December 1944.
  • Venona decrypt 55 KGB New York to Moscow, 15 January 1945.
  • Venona decrypt 326 KGB Moscow to New York, 5 April 1945;
  • Venona decrypt 3614–3615 KGB Washington to Moscow, 22 June 1945.
  • John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, Yale University Press (1999), pgs. 42-43, 111, 114, 187, 199-201, 204, 220, 331, 402.
  • Records of the Office of Inter-American Affairs (RG 229). National Archives. .

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