November 3, 2014
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, has been appointed Acting Deputy Secretary of State while maintaining her current position as Undersecretary. Extreme confusion as to the reason for this action is not inherently clear, as the resignation of Deputy Secretary of State Burns left office after a lengthy resignation process.
According to Spokesperson Jen Psaki, the nomination process is an "interagency" process, which, to the confusion of the media who were present for the announcement, seems to go against the normal nomination process by the President of the United States.
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns officially resigned 6 months ago. His last day was officially 10/23/2014. Since that time, there has been no Presidential nomination to replace his position, which is CRITICAL as he was the State Department Official who oversaw IRAN and the hotbed of issues stemming in that region. His role was so vital, that the Secretary of State and President both have tried to retain Deputy Secretary Burns past the six months he agreed to remain on post.
The Secretary of State, John Kerry, has requested and the President has designated Wendy R. Sherman to assume all authorities and responsibilities of the Deputy Secretary, effective November 3, 2014.
Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on September 21, 2011, a position she will retain during the interim period.
State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki refused to divulge who is being considered for the Deputy Secretary position, or even WHEN a nomination may be put forward. This comes as a surprise given the vast amount of time that has been allowed to vet and nominate a replacement. Currently, despite Spokesperson Jen Psaki's description of Acting Deputy Secretary as "super human," there is serious concern regarding this vacancy due to the serious nature of this position, as well as her true ability to handle the #2 position as Deputy Secretary as well as the #3 position as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.