Patrick F. Kennedy

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Patrick Francis Kennedy
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Born (1949-06-22) June 22, 1949 (age 65)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality United States
Education B.S.F.S., 1971
Alma mater Georgetown University
Employer U.S. Department of State
Title Career Minister in the Foreign Service
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Swope

Patrick F. Kennedy is a career foreign service officer, currently U.S. State Department's Under Secretary of State for Management. He was Director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation. He has been Deputy Director for Management at the cabinet level Office of the Director of National Intelligence; he returned to the Department of State on May 7, 2007. Kennedy was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform and previously served as Chief of Staff for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He was the Assistant Secretary of State for the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001.

Diplomatic Career[edit]

Kennedy holds a B.S.F.S. degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University.


  • Under Secretary of State for Management, U.S. Department of State, Washington, November 6, 2007 to present
  • Director, Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation, U.S. Department of State, Washington, May 2007 to November 2007
  • Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Management, Office of the Director for National Intelligence, Washington, April 2005 to May 2007
  • Chief of Staff, Transition Unit, Baghdad, Iraq, May 2004 to August 2004
  • Chief of Staff, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq, May 2003 to November 2003
  • U.S. Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform (with the Rank of Ambassador), United Nations, September 2001 to May 2005
  • Coordinator for Reorganization of the Foreign Affairs Agencies, U.S. Department of State, Washington, 1997–2001
  • Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, Washington, 1998
  • Acting Under Secretary of State for Management, U.S. Department of State, Washington, 1996–1997
  • Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, U.S. Department of State, Washington, 1993–2001
  • Administrate Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Cairo, 1991–93
  • Executive Director and Deputy Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Washington, 1985–90
  • Supervisory General Services Officer, U.S. Embassy, Paris, 1981–1985
  • Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State, Washington, 1977–81
  • Personnel Officer, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 1975–76
  • Regional Administrative Officer, Foreign Service, 1973–74
  • Member, Foreign Service, 1973.

Blackwater Investigation[edit]

In 2007, Patrick F. Kennedy chaired an investigation into the behavior of Blackwater Worldwide following the Nisour Square shooting which failed to reference a memo by State Department investigators alleging that the head of Blackwater in Iraq threatened to murder them.[2][3]

Election of 2008[edit]

During the U.S. Presidential election, 2008 Patrick F. Kennedy ordered State Department employees in Europe be barred from attending Sen. Barack Obama's speech in Berlin on July 24, 2008 to ensure they displayed political neutrality. Kennedy labeled Obama's visit as a partisan political activity and he forbade employees from attending.[4]

Benghazi Affair[edit]

Kennedy's role in diplomatic security decisions has come under scrutiny from politicians since the terrorist attacks on the US Mission in Benghazi. Kennedy testified to the House Oversight Committee on 10 October 2012 about the death of Chris Stevens.[5] His position was that after the October 2011 fall of Gaddafi, the government of Libya was in flux, and that Stevens first arrived in Benghazi "during the height of the revolution", which occurred between 17 February and 23 October 2011, "when the city was the heart of the opposition to Colonel Qadhafi and the rebels there were fighting for their lives." At that time he was Special Representative to the National Transitional Council. Stevens was to return to Libya as Ambassador in June 2012, and perish on 11 September of that year.

The Republican minority on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has alleged that Kennedy, as Undersecretary for Management, failed to approve requests for additional security in Benghazi and Tripoli, and failed to implement recommendations regarding high-risk diplomatic posts that had been issued after the bombings of embassies in 1998.[6] In fact, the facility was classified as a U.S. Special Mission, which was then a novel category,[7] that required a waiver which "legally allowed the CIA annex to be housed in a location about one mile from the U.S. special mission."[8]

Belgian Ambassador Investigation[edit]

On June 10, 2013, CBS News reported that a memo from an official in the State Department inspector general’s office alleged that the then-current ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, was ditching his security detail to engage prostitutes and to allegedly solicit sex with children, and further alleged that Patrick F. Kennedy had killed the original investigation in order to protect Ambassador Gutman and maybe others.[9] On June 11, 2013, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the allegation regarding Kennedy was under active investigation by an independent inspector general.[10][11][12] On June 21, 2013, the White House announced Denise Bauer as the new nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Belgium.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Patrick Francis Kennedy." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. Document Number: K2014610778. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  2. ^ Risen, James. "Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater", The New York Times, 29 June 2014. Retrieved on 1 July 2014.
  3. ^ Hudson, John. "Blackwater Bombshell Raises Questions for State Department Heavyweight", Foreign Policy, 30 June 2014. Retrieved on 1 July 2014.
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  6. ^ U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12 2012
  7. ^ Aaron Klein, "The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don’t Want You to Know", WND Books 2014
  8. ^ "Hillary decision likely doomed U.S. ambassador" 10 September 2014
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Government offices
Preceded by
Arthur W. Fort
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
May 20, 1993 – 2001
Succeeded by
William A. Eaton
Preceded by
Henrietta H. Fore
Under Secretary of State for Management
November 15, 2007 – Present
Succeeded by