Wednesday, August 9, 2017
State Department Divided on Mission
As part of what he calls a "redesign" of the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has surveyed more than 35,000 State employees on the most fundamental questions facing the organization. And Tillerson -- or, more accurately, a consulting firm hired by the secretary -- has found that large blocs of State workers do not agree on what the department's mission should be.
"For an organization with a very significant role in the world, too many in the Department of State were not clear on the exact mission of the agency," consultants from Insigniam wrote in a "Listening Report" completed in June.
Some said the mission is, or should be, "installing democracy" around the world. Others said it is "spreading American values." The one mission that the largest number of employees could agree on was "protecting Americans and the interests of America throughout the world."
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