Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XXVIII, Organization and Management of Foreign Policy

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 1, 2016


The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XXVIII, Organization and Management of Foreign Policy.

This volume is part of a Foreign Relations subseries that documents the most important foreign policy issues of the Jimmy Carter administration. This specific volume documents the organization and management of U.S. foreign policy during that administration.

The Carter administration’s organization and management of U.S. foreign relations focused on four key areas—the reforming and reorganizing of the National Security Council (NSC) system; attempts to restructure the intelligence community; the adoption of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and the Foreign Service Reform Act of 1980; and economic reorganization and the centralization of matters related to trade. In addition to these four themes, there is significant documentation on the efforts to diversify the workforce at the Department of State, primarily through greater inclusion of women and African Americans.

This compilation was compiled and edited by Melissa Jane Taylor. The volume and this press release are available on the Office of the Historian website at http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1977-80v28. Copies of the volume will be available for purchase from the U.S. Government Publishing Office online at http://bookstore.gpo.gov (GPO S/N 044-000-02679-1; ISBN 978-0-16-093323-3), or by calling toll-free 1-866-512-1800 (D.C. area 202-512-1800). For further information, contact history@state.gov.