Posted: 4:01 am ET
Via Politico’s Nahal Toosi:
“State Department officials say that talk of closing down entire wings of the department has been replaced with narrower plans to upgrade technology and improve training. Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress have declared dead on arrival a Tillerson-supported White House plan to cut State’s budget by 30 percent.
State Department staffers expect to receive an update as early as this week on a new phase in Tillerson’s organizational plans, according to senior department official. Out is the term “redesign” — which spawned confusion, dissent and leaks. The new stage is being called “The Impact Initiative,” which will implement changes that Tillerson has deemed achievable priorities in the face of bureaucratic and congressional hurdles. (Tillerson aides insist he’s not rebranding the overall effort, just moving from the poorly named “redesign” phase, which gathered ideas, to a new one that implements them.)
The senior State Department official said Tillerson also is planning to select someone to oversee the Impact Initiative but declined to say whom. (The Impact Initiative is shorthand for a longer moniker that Tillerson, an engineer by training, signed off on: “Leadership + Modernization = Greater Mission Impact.”)
Oh, dear, that longer moniker was worth the brainstorming.
Let’s see if they’re going to insist on hiring another outside overseer who will stick around for three exciting months.
Tillerson’s aides may not call TII or “The Impact Initiative” a rebranding effort but who are they actually kidding, pray tell? TII can also be called ‘Tillerson Impact Initiative’ and they can even keep the same acronym, hey?! It is what it is, a rebranding effort because very few are buying what they’re selling.
Actually, we’re curious why no one came up with calling this TELII or ‘The Employee-Led Impact Initiative.” Or ‘The Agile Employee Impact Initiative’ (TAEII). Or why settle with “greater” and not just call this ‘The Greatest Mission Impact Initiative’ (TGMII)?
Take it, it’s free. You’re welcome!
Tillerson will reportedly testify about the status of this new TII before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the end of February. Help us contain our excitement, please.
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) February 7, 2018
Meet take 2 of the @StateDept redesign process; it’s now dubbed “the Impact Initiative,” focuses on tech upgrades + efficiencies & retains refugee bureau & others that had risked elimination. https://t.co/1mbcv0SXzQ
— Bathsheba Crocker (@shebacrocker) February 7, 2018
These problems weren't caused by the redesign (though it did exacerbate them), nor will the be solved by the (equally idiotically named) "Impact Initiative," whose technical fixes, while necessary, are little more than rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship of State
— Charlie Brown (@undiplomatic) February 8, 2018
Management expertise was supposed to be Tillerson's big advantage over other candidates for Sec of State. What does it say when US AID refuses to work with his management redesign goals? pic.twitter.com/GedekptpEg
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) January 24, 2018