Department of State Brings Together Economic, Energy, and Environment Functions

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 8, 2011

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment (E). The Office, which subsumes the responsibilities of the former Office of the Under Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, fulfills recommendations of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). Economic growth, global energy security, and the environment are interconnected global systems; the Under Secretary will enhance the Department’s ability to design and implement policies and better promote U.S. interests around the world. The Under Secretary position will continue to be held by Robert D. Hormats.

In accordance with the QDDR, the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment will supervise three bureaus and two offices:

  • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, led by Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez;
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, led by Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones;
  • The Bureau of Energy Resources, led by the Secretary’s Coordinator for International Energy, Carlos Pascual, pending the confirmation of an Assistant Secretary;
  • The Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, led by Dr. E. William Colglazier; and
  • A new office of the Chief Economist, which will be led by a new Department appointee. The search for the Chief Economist currently is underway.

These changes are central to the Department’s commitment to economic statecraft, environmental sustainability, and energy security as fundamental elements of our foreign policy. This alignment of bureaus and offices will advance the Department’s economic statecraft agenda, using America’s global leadership to strengthen the U.S. economy at home. It will elevate and intensify our efforts on energy security and environmental sustainability. And, it will look to science and technology for new solutions and creative partnerships.

Under Secretary Hormats noted that, “Economic, energy, and environmental issues are increasingly interrelated, and the changing role of my office reflects this reality. This alignment is a key element of Secretary Clinton’s legacy and will position the Department of State to project its leadership on the key economic, energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century.”

PRN: 2011/2087