Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson at the White House on Monday. Mr. Tillerson has made no secret of his belief that the State Department is a bloated bureaucracy.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continues his push to streamline State Department bureaucracy while under withering pressure from Washington’s foreign policy hawks, who say the former ExxonMobil CEO has been a failure in the first seven months of his tenure.
Tillerson outlined his plan to drastically cut the number of special envoys at State by folding some into larger bureaus and eliminating others altogether in a letter to Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The undated letter was first reported Monday by CNN.
Tillerson noted that nearly 70 special envoys currently operate within the department, in some cases long after the issues that inspired their creation have been resolved or faded from relevance. To eliminate redundancies and clarify the diplomatic chain of command, he recommended that 30 envoys keep their titles, another 21 be integrated into regional or functional bureaus, nine be eliminated entirely and five be merged with existing positions.
“I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus, and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose,” Tillerson wrote. full article
Tillerson is right! State Dept is a bloated bureaucracy! Needs a culling!