NY Times Op/Ed Fallout: How many ‘Senior Officials’ are in the Executive Branch?

First things first — this ridiculous Op-Ed piece published by the NY Times claiming to be penned by an anonymous “senior official in the Trump administration” raises one hell of a lot more questions than it provides answers.

Simply based on The Times publishing this essay anonymously, how in the world are we to believe it was authentically authored by “a senior official in the Trump administration”?

In all sincerity, what guarantee do we have that this wasn’t written by some starry-eyed NeverTrump intern working out of a janitor’s closet in the basement of The New York Times Building?

There isn’t one. That’s the guarantee we have from the NY Times.

Especially in light of their track record of textbook yellow journalism the Gray Lady has been pumping out for more than a few decades. The good folks at the NYT will have to excuse me for not quite believing them (sarcasm, off).

But just for shits and grins, let’s assume there’s still a shred of journalistic integrity left at the self-titled “newspaper of record.”

  • How do we know if this individual is even in Trump’s inner circle? We don’t.
  • How do we know if this individual even works in the West Wing? We don’t.
  • How do we know if this individual even works at the White House? We don’t.
  • How do we know if this individual is even in the Greater Washington, DC area? We don’t.

Something else to consider, if this phantom writer truly is “a senior official in the Trump administration” please keep in mind that the words “Trump administration” are synonymous with “the Executive Branch of government.” That’s an awful lot of people.

Let’s kick it up a notch. According to the official website of the Office of Personnel Management,  there are well over two million civilian employees under the auspices of the Executive Branch. The possibility of those desirous to refer to themselves “senior officials” conceivably could number in the thousands.

To better illustrate, below is taken from the official website for the Secretary of State (please scroll all the way to the end);

Alphabetical List of Bureaus and Offices

Secretary of State (S)

Deputy Secretary (D)

Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources (DMR)
Counselor of the Department (C)

Under Secretary for:

  • Arms Control and International Security (T)
  • Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J)
  • Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment (E)
  • Management (M)
  • Political Affairs (P)
  • Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R)

Other Senior Officials:

Special Envoys

  • Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
  • Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs
  • Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs* (also Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources)
  • Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center
  • Special Envoy for Closure of the Guantanamo Detention Facility
  • Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues
  • Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons
  • Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
  • Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
  • Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  • Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
  • U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

Special Representatives

  • Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation (rank of Ambassador)
  • Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma
  • Special Representative for the Arctic Region
  • Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Issues* (Also Permanent Representative for Conference on Disarmament)
  • Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs
  • Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy* (also Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally)
  • Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region of Africa
  • Special Representative for International Labor Affairs
  • Special Representative for Iran
  • Special Representative to Muslim Communities
  • Special Representative for North Korea
  • Special Representative of North Korea Policy* (also Deputy Assistant Secretary in East Asia and Pacific Affairs Bureau)
  • Special Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • U.S. Special Representative to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)* (also Ambassador to Barbados)
  • U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs
  • Special Representative for Syria Engagement

Ambassadors at Large

  • Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism
  • Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally* (also Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy)
  • Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice
  • Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues
  • Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom
  • Ambassador at Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Coordinators

  • Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation
  • Coordinator for Cyber Issues
  • Coordinator for Sanctions Policy
  • Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs (rank of Ambassador)
  • Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia
  • International Information Programs Coordinator
  • Israel and the Palestinian Authority, U.S. Security Coordinator
  • Senior Coordinator for International Information Technology Diplomacy* (Also Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment)
  • Special Coordinator for Global Criminal Justice
  • Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues* (also Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights)

Special Advisors

  • Science and Technology Adviser
  • Special Advisor for International Disabilities Rights
  • Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia

Special Negotiator

  • Special Negotiator for Plutonium Disposition

Senior Official

  • U.S. Senior Official to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)* (also Deputy Assistant Secretary in Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

Personal Representative

  • Personal Representative for Northern Ireland Issues

Senior Representative

  • Senior Representative to Minsk

Bureaus and Offices:

  • Administration (A)
  • African Affairs (AF)
  • Allowances (A/OPR/ALS)
  • Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC)
  • Authentications
  • Budget and Planning (BP)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Economist, of the Department
  • Chief of Staff
  • Civil Rights, Office of
  • Comptroller and Global Financial Services (CGFS)
  • Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO)
  • Consular Affairs (CA)
  • Counterterrorism (CT)
  • Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL)
  • Department Spokesperson
  • Diplomatic Reception Rooms
  • Diplomatic Security (DS)
  • Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (DGHR)
  • East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP)
  • Economic and Business Affairs (EB)
  • Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
  • Energy Resources (ENR)
  • European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR)
  • Executive Secretariat (S/ES)
  • Foreign Assistance (F)
  • Foreign Missions (OFM)
  • Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
  • Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC)
  • Global Criminal Justice (GCJ)
  • Global Engagement Center(GEC)
  • Global Food Security
  • Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI)
  • Global Youth Issues (GYI)
  • Human Resources (DGHR)
  • Information Resource Management (IRM)
  • Inspector General (OIG)
  • Intelligence and Research (INR)
  • International Information Programs (IIP)
  • International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
  • International Organization Affairs (IO)
  • International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)
  • Legal Adviser (L)
  • Legislative Affairs (H)
  • Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation (PRI)
  • Medical Services (MED)
  • Mission to the United Nations (USUN)
  • Near Eastern Affairs (NEA)
  • Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs(OES)
  • Office of Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions Policy
  • Ombudsman, Office of
  • Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)
  • Policy, Planning, and Resources for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (PPR)
  • Policy Planning Staff (S/P)
  • Political-Military Affairs (PM)
  • Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
  • Protocol (S/CPR)
  • Public Affairs (PA)
  • Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)
  • Science & Technology Adviser (STAS)
  • South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA)
  • Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
  • Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA)

Now let’s take it to the next level.

Of these dozens upon dozens of bureaucratic layers just within the State Department, the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations consists of the head honcho, otherwise known as the Senior Bureau Official.

Under the Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, there are seven directors;

  • The Director of the Office of Western Hemisphere and European/Eurasian Affairs for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • The Director of the Office of Partnerships, Strategy, and Communications for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • The Director of the Office of Near Eastern Affairs for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • The Director of the Executive Office for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • The Director of the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs & Learning for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • The Director of the Office of Partnerships, Strategy, and Communications for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • The Director of the Office of African Affairs for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations

Every single one of these bureaucrats could legitimately refer to themselves as “a senior official in the Trump administration.”

Y’know, the more I think about it, the more I’m changing my mind for previously giving the NYT the benefit of the doubt. There is no journalistic integrity at the New York Times.