Fact Sheet – Office of International Affairs – Report No. 1, 2004
A. Most people agree that the issue of international affairs is important to the State, but the question as to how the State should administer its international affairs program is unclear.
B. Establishing an Office of International Affairs may resolve many administrative problems, but will definitely entail personnel and other costs, and is not supported by the present Administration.
C. An alternative to establishing an Office of International Affairs is to follow the model created by the state of Maryland. The Maryland Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs utilizes its current structure of state government without creating a new office. A modified version of the subcabinet model would probably cost less than a separate office.
II. Anticipated Questions
Q1. Is creating an Office of International Affairs inherently a bad idea?
A1. No, it is probably a good idea, but considering the resistance to creating an Office of International Affairs by the current Administration, and the added costs related to establishing an Office, it is unrealistic to establish an Office at this time.
Q2. Will following the Maryland Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs model resolve our problems?
A2. Establishing a subcabinet for international affairs is worth pursuing, considering the success of Maryland's subcabinet in containing administrative costs and utilizing its present administrative structure to resolve international affairs problems.