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Rex Tillerson Letter Concerning Special Envoys

August 29, 2017
By Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Letter explains why the Secretary of State is dismissing almost half of the 70 special envoys employed by the State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and ranking member Ben Cardin (D-MD) via a letter he was reorganizing the state department's special envoy program including scrapping almost half of the agency's nearly 70 special envoy positions, including representatives on the issues of climate change, the Arctic, Syria and cybersecurity. 

"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.

Tillerson said he hopes by eliminating duplicative or unnecessary positions and empowering regional bureaus he will make the State Department's efforts more effective.

The special envoy for climate would be eliminated with some functions, staff and funding shifted to the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.