Top State Department official redesign leaving after 3 months

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The senior State Department official charged with overseeing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s effort to overhaul the agency has resigned after just three months on the job, according to a department official.

Maliz Beams was named counselor to the department on Aug. 17, according to her biography on the State Department’s website. She has decided to return to her home in Boston, and Christine Ciccone, Tillerson’s deputy chief of staff, will step in to lead the redesign effort, according to the official, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

Top State Department official redesign leaving after 3 months

Beams plans on going back home to Boston and will be replaced by Tillerson’s deputy chief of staff, Christine Ciccone, the official told Bloomberg. The official also said Tillerson is expected to ask Congress to fast track approval of nominees for undersecretary for management and legal adviser.