At Tillerson’s State Department, Seven of Nine Top Jobs Are Empty (Bloomberg.com)

At Tillerson’s State Department, Seven of Nine Top Jobs Are Empty

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At Tillerson’s State Department, Seven of Nine Top Jobs Are Empty

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spent much of his first year trying to manage crises with North Korea, Syria, Iran and Venezuela. But he’s largely alone at the highest levels of the State Department, a problem exacerbated after the senior career diplomat, Tom Shannon, announced on Thursday that he plans to leave for personal reasons.

With Shannon’s departure, seven of the top nine jobs at the department will be empty. Those vacant posts include positions overseeing the agency’s role in U.S. trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking.

Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF STATE

John J. Sullivan

DEPUTY SECRETARY

I. Steven Goldstein

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE FOR MANAGEMENT & RESOURCES

UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL & INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, & HUMAN RIGHTS

UNDER SECRETARY FOR

ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, & THE ENVIRONMENT

COUNSELOR OF THE

DEPARTMENT

Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF STATE

John J. Sullivan

DEPUTY SECRETARY

I. Steven Goldstein

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE FOR MANAGEMENT & RESOURCES

UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL & INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, & HUMAN RIGHTS

UNDER SECRETARY FOR

ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, & THE ENVIRONMENT

COUNSELOR OF THE

DEPARTMENT

Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF STATE

John J. Sullivan

DEPUTY SECRETARY

I. Steven Goldstein

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE FOR MANAGEMENT & RESOURCES

UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL & INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, & HUMAN RIGHTS

UNDER SECRETARY FOR

ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, & THE ENVIRONMENT

COUNSELOR OF THE

DEPARTMENT

Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF STATE

John J. Sullivan

DEPUTY SECRETARY

I. Steven Goldstein

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE FOR MANAGEMENT & RESOURCES

UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL & INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, & HUMAN RIGHTS

UNDER SECRETARY FOR

ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, & THE ENVIRONMENT

COUNSELOR OF THE

DEPARTMENT

Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF STATE

John J. Sullivan

DEPUTY SECRETARY

I. Steven Goldstein

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE FOR MANAGEMENT & RESOURCES

UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL & INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, & HUMAN RIGHTS

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, & THE ENVIRONMENT

COUNSELOR OF THE DEPARTMENT

The State Department and White House have traded accusations over which side is to blame for a shortage of nominations, and Tillerson has said many posts are being filled by capable career officials.

Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs told Bloomberg, “We have really strong foreign service officers serving in an acting capacity in most of those roles and they’ve been doing an excellent job. While we plan to fill the vacancies at the undersecretary and assistant secretary level, the work is being done well.”

But there’s little doubt the pool of qualified nominees for top jobs is thin after the administration ruled out jobs for Republican foreign policy experts who opposed Trump during the election.

Morale at the department that was first led by Thomas Jefferson is also low, as Shannon joins an exodus of experienced diplomats. The U.S. ambassador to Panama quit last month, saying he could no longer represent the president.

via Bloomberg.com

February 2, 2018 at 07:52AM

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