Jack Lew has pledged to support the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review in his new position as chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Lew was deeply involved in the review when he was still at the State Department as deputy secretary of state for management and resources. The QDDR outlines reforms meant to streamline and strengthen the operations of the department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

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In a parting letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Lew wrote: “Building an ever more operational State Department and USAID is an important focus of the ongoing Quadrennial Review of Diplomacy and Development. In my new position at the Office of Management and Budget, I look forward to working closely with you and the next Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources to support these efforts.” 

The letter was included in the one sent by Clinton to State Department employees where she praised Lew’s stint with the department. Josh Rogin of “The Cable” blog published both letters Nov. 23.   

Lew resigned from the department and took his oath as OMB chief on Nov. 19. He said he looks forward to the speedy confirmation of his replacement, Tom Nides. 

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