Rex Tillerson is helping Trump cut the size of our bloated federal government. In his first year at the State Department, Tillerson has drastically reduced the bureaucracy. He was definitely one of Trump’s best hires.
The Hill reports:
State Dept. saw 12 percent drop in foreign affairs workers in first 8 months of 2017
The number of foreign affairs employees at the State Department dropped by nearly 12 percent during President Trump’s first eight months in office, according to data published by the Office of Personnel Management.
Between December 2016 and September 2017, the number of State Department employees under the foreign affairs series dropped from 2,580 to 2,273. The decrease was reported by the federal news website “Government Executive.”
Overall, the State Department’s workforce fell by about 6.3 percent between September 2016 and September 2017, the most recent data available.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he wants to cut the department’s nearly 76,000-person workforce by 8 percent as part of his effort to “redesign” the agency.
To do that beyond normal attrition rates, the Trump administration has offered buyouts and incentives for early retirement.
Still, Tillerson and the Trump administration more broadly have faced staunch criticism for what some in the U.S. foreign policy community have described as a hollowing out of the State Department, especially its most senior career employees.
Lets hope the heads of other federal agencies follow Tillerson’s lead.