“It’s largely not a highly disciplined organization…”
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on a wide-ranging restructuring of the State Department, the former ExxonMobil CEO is making it clear he won’t be taking time off at the almost-$4 million mansion he owns in Texas.
Tillerson and his wife, Renda, have put on the market their $3.975 million home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.
The 5,857-square-foot vacation home is about 53 miles northwest of Austin. The Tillersons have owned the property, which was put on the market this month, since 2004.
Earlier this year, the couple purchased a $5.6 million home in Washington, D.C.’s exclusive Kalorama neighborhood.
Tillerson further affirmed his commitment to lead the State Department for the long haul by announcing that two private-sector consultants have been hired to assist with the restructuring of the entire department.
Tillerson informed America’s embassies that he hired Deloitte and Insigniam to help with the reorganization. Insigniam was previously retained to guide the department through an internal survey to get ideas from employees on how to increase efficiency.
Tillerson gave notice to the embassies that among the areas of focus would be ensuring that foreign assistance programs align with national priorities.
Tillerson also told his employees that the State Department would seek to balance work done in Washington and in the field, and that it would modernize technology.
Tillerson has said that the State Department’s organization compares poorly with the private sector.
“It’s largely not a highly disciplined organization; decision-making is fragmented and sometimes people don’t want to take decisions; coordination is difficult through the interagency,” he said.
Tillerson has said that he will use this year to develop a reorganization plan and then implement it in 2018.
Pieces of the plan have been leaked to the media, such as a proposal to move the now-independent Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, established under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011, into the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. That would be in keeping with the overall thrust of the plan to eliminate special offices carved out of the overall departmental structure.
Other proposed reforms include eliminating many “special envoy” posts and special bureaus created under past administrations.
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Source: Western Journalism