“Pompeo is quietly looking at staff and figuring out how the department could be reorganized to be effective again,” a White House official told me. A CIA spokesman declined to comment.

Pompeo has been calling around to friends and top Republican foreign policy hands and asking them to help him get ready to be America’s top diplomat, if he is ultimately chosen, two GOP foreign policy sources who are familiar with the calls said…

Several State Department officials said Thursday they were happy that Tillerson was leaving and hopeful that Pompeo, if selected, would give them a fresh start with the Trump administration. Morale is low in Foggy Bottom amid budget and staffing cuts, hiring freezes, a departure of top talent and scores of vacant top-level positions.