(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that a Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit forced the release of an organizational chart from the U.S. State Department Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, which shows that the office employs at least 45 people.
Judicial Watch uncovered the record thanks to a FOIA lawsuit filed in September 2022, against the State Department for records related to travel costs, calendars, and organizational charts for the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:22-cv-02844)). The Biden agency is releasing responsive records in batches to Judicial Watch every six weeks.
The organizational chart is titled “Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Big Picture Org Chart” and dated April 15, 2021. These positions include:
- eight full-time employees (FTEs) positions;
- 28 “3161s,” which are temporary direct-hires that are commonly referred to as “3161” after the governing federal law, 5 U.S. Code § 3161
- three “detailees;”
- two “fellows;”
- one Intergovernmental Personnel Act “IPA” position and
- three “contractor” positions.
The chart shows Kerry and his personal staff assistant at the top of the organization, with three separate divisions reporting to him, including a chief of staff, principal deputy envoy for climate, and a deputy envoy for climate. Additional offices reporting to the three divisions include: public affairs, communications, and stakeholder engagement; liaison to the National Climate Task Force; implementation and ambition team; negotiations team; global innovation and competitiveness team; public finance team; and private finance and multinational corporate strategy team.