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Great Seal

Reorganization and Integration
of the Foreign Affairs Agencies

As released by the Office of the Spokesman, May 27, 1997.

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Secretary Albright announced Friday, May 23, 1997, the appointment of Patrick F. Kennedy, Acting Under Secretary for Management at the Department of State, to develop a plan for the reorganization and integration of the foreign affairs agencies. The plan, which will be completed for the Secretary by mid July, will provide for the integration of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the United States Information Agency with the Department of State. The Agency for International Development will remain a distinct agency but will share certain administrative functions, integrate its Press Office with the Department of State and will report to and be under the direct authority and foreign policy guidance of the Secretary of State.
The Secretary also announced that Richard I. Beattie, Chairman of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, a New York law firm, will serve as the Secretary's Senior Advisor for reorganization issues. Mr. Beattie, who served with distinction as the Special Presidential Emissary for Cyprus, will assist with both the integration of the foreign affairs agencies and the reinvention of the Department of State. Mr. Beattie previously organized the United States Department of Education in 1980 as Director of the Transition and Counsel to the first Secretary of Education, Shirley Hufstedler, and he has led two task forces in New York City in connection with reorganization of city agencies.
The Secretary further announced the creation of six task forces which will report to and work with Pat Kennedy in this effort. These task forces will begin work immediately, and will consist of and be chaired by the following:
Arms Control/Non-Proliferation/International Security - James Goodby
Congressional Relations - Meg Donovan
Legal Affairs - James Thessin
Management - Genie Norris
Public Diplomacy - Lula Rodriguez
Press and Constituent Relations - Mary Ellen Glynn
Task force members will be drawn from the appropriate operating units within the agencies, bringing with them the necessary expertise and competence on the subject matters involved.

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