Sharing State and USAID Services – Increasing Efficiency or Breaking the System?
USAID and the State Department are reviewing reorganization options in light of the executive order from March 2017 to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of Federal Agencies, including, as appropriate, to eliminate or reorganize unnecessary or redundant Federal Agencies.”
Over the last 20 years, USAID and the State Department have worked more closely together--organizationally, operationally, and in implementing policy. At the same time, USAID and the State Department have different cultures, different organizational structures, and different approaches to using a variety of critical services such as IT, procurement, housing, and human resources. One option that is likely to be considered is a much further consolidation of these services between the State Department and USAID. On first glance, this approach seems reasonable. But on deeper reflection, given their differences in objectives and resources, further consolidation may be counterproductive to fulfilling the respective missions of the State Department and USAID.