Tillerson: State cyber coordinator office to officially shutter

Rex Tillerson delivers a statement to the press at the U.S. Department of State. (State Department Photo)

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The State Department’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues office will be no longer, Secretary Rex Tillerson announced Monday.

As Patrick Howell O’Neill reports in CyberScoop, the move comes one month after Chris Painter, America’s top cyber diplomat for six years, announced his departure in July.

Some of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (CCI) office’s responsibilities will fall to the Bureau of Economics and Business Affairs (EB), according to a letter Tillerson sent to Congress that outlined a broad reorganization, downgrading and even elimination of some special envoys in the State Department. The Economic and Business Affairs bureau will receive a $5.5 million budget boost as a result of the realignment.

Read more about the closure of the office on CyberScoop. 

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