It would seem that the so-called "programmatic and business" ... er, I mean "stewardship" (sounds more sanctified, I guess?) reasons for canceling Issues, Etc. are starting to be dug up and fleshed out.
Check out this link for possible clues about the "programmatic" reasons.
Check out this link to see where other monies for missions go.
And, check out this link to learn by what authority (not!) Issues was cancelled.