About the Author: Ellen Tauscher serves as the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
In Prague last April, President Obama set forth a vision for how to meet the urgent threats posed by the spread of nuclear weapons. Under his leadership and with the hard work of the State Department, the United States is working to build a renewed international consensus on arms control and nonproliferation that is based on common concern and shared responsibility.
To implement the President's agenda, the State Department is undertaking a focused reorganization that will make arms control the centerpiece of a newly named Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (VCI) and concentrate the focus of Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) on the proliferation challenges we face.
This targeted reorganization is not just bureaucratic reshuffling. The reorganization addresses management goals recommended in a 2009 report by the Government Accountability Office. This process will take about two months, and we plan to work closely with the staff of the ISN and VCI bureaus and consult with the Congress.
Secretary Clinton is personally committed to an open and effective reorganization and will review and make the final decision on the reorganization plan before it goes into effect this spring -- moving us one step closer to achieving the President's vision of a world without weapons of mass destruction.