80% Of US State Department's Top Jobs Are Unfilled

With President Trump's administration losing senior staff at a rate of one every 17 days (so far), and Democrats slow-rolling the confirmation process, the firing of Rex Tillerson has left an already-thin State Department, practically leader-less.

After dismissing Tillerson, the White House also fired Steve Goldstein, Tillerson's undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, and announced that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would fill the post on an acting basis.

Eight of 10 top jobs at the State Department are now vacant, either because staff have left, been fired or the posts were never filled...


Those vacant assignments 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.

Bloomberg reports that morale at the department was already low as staff rebelled against Tillerson’s planned restructuring, opposed Trump’s policies and watched experienced colleagues shifted into more menial jobs, like dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests.

Some will be glad to see Tillerson gone.

Most, though, will wonder if life will be any different under his successor.


GUS100CORRINA Slippery Slope Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

80% Of US State Department's Top Jobs Are Unfilled

My response: Why do we need so many people? I would love to see an organization chart for the State Dept. with a resource requirements plan.

I will bet money that a number of Six Sigma LEAN projects applied to the STATE DEPARTMENT would simplify processes and eliminate the need to fill most of these jobs.

We all need to remember that America's DEBT just surpassed 21 TRILLION. WE NEED TO BE MORE FRUGAL IN HOW GOVERNMENT DOLLARS ARE SPENT.

Finally, it is NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE, but it is ABOUT THE PROCESS. Never forget this point.


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GooseShtepping Moron GUS100CORRINA Mon, 03/19/2018 - 01:04 Permalink

That's one of the dumbest comments I've ever read on Zero hedge, which is really saying something.

You want to six-sigma the State Department? You want to reproduce at the very heart of the nation that same inane passion for micro-managerial bean counting that has gutted and destroyed hundreds of once noble American companies? Do you have any idea of what a complicated affair it is to run a country? The diplomatic corps alone would require thousands of employees, to say nothing of communications, law, trade, etc.

I think I'm going to apply for a job. This sounds like a good time for a talented individual to get in in the ground floor at State.We need people in public service who aren't Neolib douchebags and who don't want to start WWIII with Russia.

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GUS100CORRINA GooseShtepping Moron Mon, 03/19/2018 - 01:27 Permalink

GooseShtepping Moron

Dumb comment? Really?

Based on your comments, I get the sense that your ideas and learning about six sigma lean are in error. I personally was a QUALITY LEADER for a LARGE COMPANY for over a decade in a variety of capacities. Sigma is about error proofing, stream lining processes, reducing waste and cutting costs.

if you look at the US Government payrolls over the last 50+ years, we have gone from government employment being 1 in 5000 to a government employment level of 1 in 50 people. I ask you: Can we really afford that level of spending? 

The obvious answer is NO!!!! Just look at the US DEBT CLOCK. I REST MY CASE.

Maybe it is time for another solution because over the last 50 plus years, the American experiment using previous processes has been an utter financial disaster by any honest measure?

Quite frankly, I don't care how much money or property you think you have, you and every other American are BROKE!!!!!

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Jethro GUS100CORRINA Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:31 Permalink

You are comparing apples to oranges.  And, that is precisely the problem.  The State Dept is not a widget maker.  It is mostly a jobs program for mildly retarded Ivy league SJWs.  While there is actual need for diplomats, there is not a need for the bloated monstrosity we currently have.  Six sigma wont reduce error in a job where "success", or even "progress" is a fuzzy target.

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Jung ZIRPdiggler Mon, 03/19/2018 - 04:18 Permalink

Only if debt economies finally follow what Iceland did: fire the banksters, lock them up and get rid of the central bank. The latter is the problem: the private company called Federal Reserve has 445 trillion in assets so they are doing fine out of one branch (the US) and the other central banks are also highly profitable.

No wonder they're so angry with Russia when Putin pulled out of the central banking system (as they are with N Korea, Cuba, Iran and Syria which are the few without link-up to the Rothschild & Co).

Keep them in debt is the best form of control and reign of the sheeple.

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Refuse-Resist GUS100CORRINA Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:31 Permalink

There are 4 people here making very good salaries and benefits for doing very little if any work. And they don't like your idea of the same standards that the rest of us have to live by in private industry. Because they know .gov is overstaffed by a factor of 5x at least.

Good work Gus and I've been there in the Lean mfg environments when we used to have plants that still made stuff here.



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Refuse-Resist Slippery Slope Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:28 Permalink

State Dept. has been a nest of communists and traitors since McCarthy. Nothing has changed.

AFAIC, the CIA, FBI, and State Dept all need to just be closed and everybody fired. No pensions, no nothing. Just like private industry: here's two weeks pay, good luck in your job search.

In fact closing their doors would be a reprieve of sorts, because if waterboards came out and high level employees from each of those departments, and possible others like the IRS< would reveal a level of criminality and contempt for our laws that would shock most Americans.

Send them home with no pension and no possibility of ever working for any public employer ever again.

Anything less is cucking to the worst possible (((elements))) of humanity.

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sodbuster Four chan Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:51 Permalink

F'n AWESOME!! Get rid of some more. While you're at it, completely abolish the Dept of (Non) Education and hire a few more over at Justice so we can start investigating uranium, Hillary's emails, and the crooked, criminal, Clinton Foundation- pay for play. And while we're at it- get rid of half the Pentagon and CIA, and shut the electricity off to the new NSA building.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:10 Permalink

I don't see that as a problem. Shut it down along with the Education Dept, the EPA, the FBI, and CIA. Heck, start by firing at least 20% of the federal work force and start selling off assets. Now is a good time.

Lore HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:15 Permalink

What's missing from this discussion is the Point of Diminishing Returns.  Trump promised to Drain the Swamp, but he and his well-meaning base failed to consider the size of the swamp and the depth of its corruption.  Put differently, there comes a time when it's better to take a bulldozer to an organization rather than try to repair it.  The fact that we're seeing Revolving Doors at the executive level is symptomatic of organizational breakdown. 

Nothing is going to improve until psychopaths and their agents are removed from power.  Regrettably, Trump is proving surprisingly malleable, evidenced by his apparent endorsement of the stupid and evil post-WW2 "I'm-gonna-start-a-war-to-kick-start-the-economy" pro-MIC myth.  I suspect that much of his success in business resulted from surrounding himself with his betters.  He needs to do that again, and it should have taken a few weeks, not TWO YEARS.  

I wonder if he could ask Putin for a meeting with his advisors to discuss next steps in the formation of a more stable administration, better able to identify and respond to America's REAL enemies.  Can you think of a better present-day role model?  Are there still any back channel communications with Russia? Is there sober second thought behind the scenes? 

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g3h Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:26 Permalink

You know, the entire U. S. government is run by only one person. One who matters. And he does it by tweets.


Who care if the entire government is eliminated. Wait, except one.

The military-industrial complex. That needs to be well fed.


Zepper Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:29 Permalink

No need for all that bureaucracy. Trumps foreign plan is very easy to understand. Why? Because he told the world what he was going to do during the election and so far he is doing exactly that. North Korea, peace and no nukes by hardlining them and hardlining them hard! Nothing to gain to go to war with Nk. NK should have realized that by now and made peace but given their obvious lack of leadership and paranoia they have been going down the wrong road.


Then when it comes to Iran and this is 100% up to Iran. Iran either renegotiates the terms of the agreement where we never ever see them ever having a nuke or the agreement is destroyed by Trump. If the agreement dies then Iran better get ready for some serious heavy duty bombing that very minute that Trump kills the agreement. That very second those bombs will be released and boom go the bunkers, nuclear sites, hidden sites etc. Trump will carpet bomb that country if it means winning. There wont be anything left that has not already left for Afghanistan or Pakistan.


As for NAFTA, odd are its already gone.

hxc Zepper Mon, 03/19/2018 - 03:04 Permalink

Agreed on NK and NAFTA, but Iran is a peaceful country, despite being muslim (though shia persians and not sunni arabs). No need to bomb them. In fact, Obama's nuclear deal (separate from the $1.4 billion, that was a hostage deal and a disastrous one) isn't bad, just needs a little beefing up. They already have UN inspectors at every stage of the uranium enrichment (very low level) and such.

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pparalegal Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:39 Permalink

Nobody Knows How Many Federal Agencies Exist


If nobody knows how many agencies exist whose decrees we must abide, that means we don’t know how many people work for the government (let alone contractors making a living from taxpayers) nor know how many rules there are. But even when we isolate a given, knowable agency, the rise of “regulatory dark matter” may make it hard to tell exactly what is and is not a rule.

The sprawling bureaucracy, plus growing concern that issuing a rule may not even be necessary for agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to impose their will on the public calls out for congressional response.