Patrick F. Kennedy

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Patrick Kennedy
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Undersecretary of State for Management
Assumed office
November 15, 2007
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Henrietta Fore
In office
September 1, 1996 – August 20, 1997
Acting
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Richard Moose
Succeeded by Bonnie Cohen
United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform
In office
September 2001 – May 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Donald Hayes
Succeeded by Mark Wallace
Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security
Acting
In office
January 31, 1998 – August 11, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Eric Boswell
Succeeded by David Carpenter
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
In office
May 20, 1993 – July 13, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Arthur Fort
Succeeded by William Eaton
Personal details
Born (1949-06-22) June 22, 1949 (age 66)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Swope
Alma mater Georgetown University

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.

Highlights[edit]

  • 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.[1][2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] In fact, the facility was classified as a U.S. Special Mission, which was then a novel category,[6] 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."[7]

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.[8] 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.[9][10][11] On June 21, 2013, the White House announced Denise Bauer as the new nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Belgium.

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References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Fort
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
1993–2001
Succeeded by
William Eaton
Preceded by
Richard Moose
Undersecretary of State for Management
Acting

1996–1997
Succeeded by
Bonnie Cohen
Preceded by
Eric Boswell
Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security
Acting

1998
Succeeded by
David Carpenter
Preceded by
Henrietta Fore
Undersecretary of State for Management
2007–present
Incumbent
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Donald Hayes
United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Mark Wallace