Assistant Secretaries of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs

The Department of State created the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs during a general Department reorganization in Dec 1944, after Congress authorized an increase in the number of Assistant Secretaries in the Department from four to six (Dec 8, 1944; P.L. 78-472; 58 Stat. 798). The reorganization was the first to designate substantive designations for specific Assistant Secretary positions. The Department, by administrative action changed the incumbent’s designation to Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs on Sep 15, 1972.