State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was unable to cite one accomplishment from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) Tuesday in a press conference:
MATT LEE: Well, I just have one very brief one on the QDDR.
JEN PSAKI: Sure.
LEE: Off the top of your head, can you just identify one tangible achievement that the last QDDR resulted in?
PSAKI: Well, Matt, obviously it’s an extensive, expansive topic –
LEE: So, no.
PSAKI: We’re looking at how it was done last time –
LEE: Just one.
PSAKI: I know. I’m making an important point here. The secretary wants it to be focused. It’s going to focus on a more narrow range of issues. It’s always to look at how we can improve things. And we’ll see where we come out on the end.
LEE: So can you, off the top of your head, identify one tangible achievement that was — that resulted from the last QDDR?
PSAKI: I am certain that those who were here at the time who worked hard on that effort could point out one.
LEE: One that — so you — but since you’ve come on board, that you’ve noticed, that someone has — that you noticed that you can point back saying, wow, the first QDDR identified this in a — as a problem and dealt with it?
PSAKI: Well, as you know, I’ve only been here since it was concluded. I’m sure there are a range of things that were put into place that I’m not even aware of — (inaudible) –
LEE: I won’t hold my breath.
The 2010 report was intended to create a “more nimble, more effective, and more accountable” State Department and USAID program.
At the time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked “as you dig in to this report, you’ll see it’s driven by two overarching factors, first is President Obama’s focus on fiscal responsibility and efficiency throughout the federal government.”
A March Inspector General report revealed the State Department misplaced $6 billion due to lost or incomplete contract files under Clinton’s leadership.
[H/T Capitol City Project]