Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations to provide the institutional focus for policy and
“operational solutions” to prevent, respond to, and stabilize crises in priority states. This bureau
integrates the former Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS). In
December 2011, the Administration nominated Frederick D. Barton to two posts: the Assistant
Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and the Coordinator for Reconstruction and
Stabilization. The second session of the 112th Congress may wish to follow the progress of the
CSO Bureau in furthering the work of S/CRS as part of appropriations and oversight functions.