Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is about to take a machete to the State Department.
As they look to reduce staffing and streamline the department, around 2,300 foreign and civil service positions — about 9 percent of the Americans in State’s workforce worldwide — will be cut over the next two years.
The Daily Caller reports:
The staff reduction is part of a larger restructuring plan Tillerson has initiated in order to satisfy President Donald Trump’s demand to cut spending across the federal government. A budget outline released in March for fiscal year 2018 asked Congress to cleave 28.5 percent of State’s funding from fiscal 2016 levels.
The secretary and his inner circle are currently on a “listening tour” of the department, which they hope will provide a better picture of which bureaus and offices have become bloated or redundant.
“If one looks at the State Department over the last, say, decade, if you look at a chart from 10 years ago and you look at a chart today, there’s a lot of added boxes on that chart,” Tillerson said.
“We are undertaking a reorganization of the State Department, but it’s not just a collapse of boxes. What we really want to do is examine the process by which the men and women [of the department] … deliver on that mission.”
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