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Rex Tillerson to Close State Dept Cyber Office; Realign Special Envoy Roles

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Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has notified Congress of his plans to shut down the State Department‘s cyber coordinator office and transfer its responsibilities to the economics bureau, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Tillerson wrote in a letter to Sen. Robert Corker (R-Tennessee) that he also aims to eliminate or realign special envoy positions as part of a larger effort to reorganize the State Department, the report noted.

The reorganization effort is intended to streamline department operations, address redundancies and consolidate offices within regional and functional bureaus, according to Tillerson.

The move could also support Tillerson’s plan to reduce the State Department’s budget by approximately 30 percent, Nextgov noted.

Certain special roles will be retained and expanded, including the special ambassador for religious freedom and a representative to Muslim communities, the report said.

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