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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Clinton declares war on paperwork in State Department

By Lisa Rein

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has declared war on paperwork in her agency.

Clinton announced Wednesday that she has dispatched her staff to eliminate the mind-numbing reports routinely required of U.S. diplomats, acknowledging that most of the thousands of reports ordered up every year "are never read."

"All too often, you and your officers are tied to desks fulfilling hundreds of reporting requirements mandated by both Congress and the [State] Department," Clinton told a group of ambassadors gathered in Washington for the Global Chiefs of Mission conference.

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By Lisa Rein  | February 3, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
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Hillary Clinton supervises an agency which is all about inertia and talking about doing things, but not actually doing them. It is the ultimate self-sustaining bureaucracy. Reports are generated in order to justify existence. Because if existence was predicated upon results, most State employees would be fired.

Posted by: BrRandall | February 3, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Rather than do any real work today, State Dept. had at least one employee spending their day deleting Facebook comments that State deemed not to be following the party line. Yet they rant and rave about democracy.

I'm telling you, the majority of State's employees do little or no constructive work on a day in/day out basis.

Posted by: BrRandall | February 3, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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