Posted: 12:12 am ET
State Department officials began urging Tillerson to seek the first $60 million from the Defense Department soon after he took office in February, according to the former senior State Department official.
But they quickly found themselves mired in a new, confusing and bottlenecked decision-making process imposed by Tillerson’s top aides. For example, officials involved with the center first put in their request in an “action memo,” the standard document sent to the secretary of state when a decision is required. Tillerson’s aides retorted that he “didn’t like being told what to do,” the former senior State official said, and ordered that the request be refashioned as an “information memo.”
Poor action memos, after years and years of being known as action memos, they will now be just info, not action memos. Kind of like the building. No more Bruce Willis yippie-kai-yay memos. But how long before 7th floor papers will be upgraded from 12 pt TNR (Times New Roman) to 14pt TNR once more? All over the building desk officers will be mourning the loss of 100 words that will no longer fit in the call sheet. Or maybe, even the loss of hundreds more words if information memos now need to fit into a notecard.
But here you go …