State: Pompeo will decide what to do with Tillerson's redesign plans

State: Pompeo will decide what to do with Tillerson's redesign plans
© Victoria Sarno Jordan

Whether the State Department continues to pursue a sweeping structural overhaul started under outgoing Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias MORE will be up to CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Latest on Korea talks | Trump says summit results 'very exciting!' | Congress to get Space Force plan in February | Trump asked CIA about silent bombs Pompeo: US ready to 'immediately' resume talks with North Korea READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV MORE, a spokeswoman for the department said Thursday.

"That information will be bundled together and we will provide that to Director Pompeo," Heather Nauert, the acting undersecretary of State for public diplomacy, said at a press briefing. "He can take a look at it and choose what he wants to do with it."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE moved on Tuesday to fire Tillerson and replace him with Pompeo. 

ADVERTISEMENT

But that abrupt ouster left the future of Tillerson's long-touted State Department "redesign" murky. The initiative has largely been spearheaded by Tillerson, and he has called it the "most important" work of his tenure at the agency.

Nauert said that certain aspects of the redesign will likely be "no-brainers" for Pompeo, particularly a proposal to overhaul and modernize the department's information technology. 

"There are some things in there that are absolutely no-brainers, like upgrading our IT systems," she said. "I will imagine that that would probably be something that he would retain, but that is his choice."

Tillerson spent much of his first year in office in the planning phases of the redesign. His ouster came as the department entered the implementation phase of the overhaul — dubbed by agency officials as the "Impact Initiative."

The overhaul was one of Tillerson's more controversial undertakings, with critics arguing that the effort has left many top positions at the department unfilled, and has also prompted the departure of senior career officials.

It's unclear whether Pompeo will ultimately carry on Tillerson's plans.