Presidential Administration to be reorganized
The reforms will start from the political department. All of the changes are expected to be completed by the New Year.
The staff of the Presidential Administration will be growing in numbers. According to a source of Kommersant, two of its departments — for internal policy and for social projects — will be combined into one. Anton Fedorov, who joined the executive office along with its new Deputy Head Sergey Kirienko, is currently developing a new workflow philosophy for the political department. In 2012-2013, Fedorov was the head of Rosatom’s department for the work with the regions. The new staff schedule is expected to be delivered by the New Year, although actual timing depends on the budget. Only when it is adopted it will be clear what number of employees the state agencies can hire. It is worth noting that the optimization process will also be applied to the Central Office of the State Duma.
Previously, it has already been reported that the number of staff in the Presidential Administration will be reduced. In particular, there will be fewer official thanks to merging various departments: the Domestic Policy Directorate — with the Directorate for Social Projects; the Directorate for Interregional Relations and Cultural Contacts with Foreign Countries — with the Directorate for Social and Economic Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States Member Countries, the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia; the Directorate for Public Relations and Communications Office — with the Press and Information Office; the Civil Service and Personnel Directorate — with the State Decorations Directorate; the Directorate for Protection of Citizens’ Constitutional Rights — with the Directorate for Correspondence from Citizens and Organizations.
Kommersant noted that certain changes in the structure of the administration always occur after the parliamentary or presidential elections. For example, in 2004, the number of deputy heads of the executive office significantly reduced, from 8 to 2 (Vladislav Surkov and Igor Sechin). Other former deputies moved to the positions of presidential assistants, and in 2011, the first deputy chief of staff Vladislav Surkov was replaced by Vyacheslav Volodin (who now, in turn, became the Chairman of the State Duma).
In 2012-2013, new structures were created in the Presidential Administration after the return of Vladimir Putin as the Russian President. Several specialized ministers entered the administration right after his re-appointment. At the same time, the Directorate for Social Projects, which emerged in 2012, was created in order to boost the ideology and strengthen the spiritual bonds, mentioned in Putin’s message to the Federal Assembly in 2012.
The current changes are certainly connected with the parliamentary election and the preparations for the presidential election. As a reminder, the ex-Head of the Administration Sergey Ivanov was replaced by Anton Vaino and his deputy Vyacheslav Volodin — by Sergey Kirienko.