WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to reorganize the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development to better respond to global threats and emergencies.
In a proposal presented to members of Congress on Wednesday, Clinton outlined plans to add several new offices to each agency and consolidate others under a revised leadership structure.
The plan would create bureaus for international energy affairs and crisis and conflict operations at State as well as offices for policy planning and science and technology at USAID.
Clinton also wants to add a special State Department coordinator to oversee illicit finance and sanctions programs and to increase midlevel hiring at USAID. State Department officials offered no estimate of the cost, saying an analysis was still being prepared.
Clinton's proposals grow out of the findings of a recent Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, modeled on a similar exercise conducted by the Pentagon.
She has said the review was vital to the Obama administration's "smart power" approach to foreign policy that stresses civilian over military operations.
The review proposes expanding the existing undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs position to include civilian security and human rights. The new crisis and conflict operations bureau would report to this post and coordinate civilian responses to humanitarian emergencies with USAID.
At USAID, the proposal calls for tripling the hiring of midlevel workers from 30 to 95 per year to reduce reliance on outside contractors. This aims to reverse the 38 percent decline in the agency's work force between 1990 and 2007.