Where is the Under Secretary? 2019 Edition

I had previously looked at the vacancy data for the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy. In that particular blog post, I had an estimate about when Richard Stengel would step down. Stengel had outperformed outlasted all my expectations and was in office for a total of 1,035 1,030 days and currently has the longest tenure record.

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Yet, it still was not good enough. Even when we account for two acting under secretaries, we marked 1,992 days as vacant – a 296-day increase since 2014. Given the fact that the position has been vacant since last October, the number is likely to go up. Below, there is a timeline visual showing who held the title since it was created in 1999.

I will update the visual and the data when a new under secretary is appointed.



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