Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to cut 2,300 jobs at the State Department, according to reports. Sources familiar with his plans say that in an effort to reduce the budget, around 9% of State Department U.S. diplomat and civil servant jobs will go away.
Most of these jobs, around 1,700, will be lost to attrition and another 600-some jobs will end with buyouts.
According to sources that wish to remain unnamed, William Inglee, who acts as a policy adviser in Congress, briefed senior managers about the cuts on Wednesday. Inglee, a former Lockheed Martin Corp. official, is overseeing the budget cuts.
Last month, President Donald Trump’s signed an executive order meant to cut spending across federal agencies. The personnel reduction in the State Department may reflect efforts by Tillerson to comply.
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