Purposes, Resources, and Structure

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) share a mission to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community, using the tools of diplomacy, development and defense.  The Fiscal Year (FY) 2007-2012 Department of State and USAID Strategic Plan contains a useful broad overview of U.S. foreign policy and development assistance priorities (http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/dosstrat/2007/)

More recent information is contained in the FY 2007 Performance Report and 2009 Performance Plan, a multi-year, forward looking planning tool articulating the Department of State’s policy and management priorities, current and prior year performance against those priories, and performance targets for future years  Information collected for the Performance Plan is integrated into the Congressional Budget Justification for State Operations.  (http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/107556.pdf)

A summary of the FY 2010 International Affairs (Function 150) Budget Request to Congressional appropriations subcommittees provides an overview of the total funding requested for the State Department, USAID and other agencies whose programs are within the international affairs “Function 150” part of the federal budget. (http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/iab/2007/html) Justifications for these foreign operations funding levels are found in http://www.state.gov/f/releases/iab/fy2010cbj/pdf/index.htm