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Fiscal Years 2006-2010: IT Strategic Plan

Empowering Diplomacy

Released by Bureau of Information Resource Management
April 2004 (Updated December 2007)

"We are asking our (State Department) civilians to do far more than just manage an existing international order; we are charging them with helping foreign citizens and their governments to transform their countries - to move them toward peace, freedom, prosperity, and social justice ... We are making every necessary change - giving our diplomatic corps better training, better tools and technology, and more language skills - to empower them to meet this challenge."   -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice 

Strategic Theme: Transformation
From Infrastructure to Empowerment

Report Cover:  IT Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 2006-2010--Empowering DiplomacyThis Information Technology Strategic Plan (ITSP) provides a high-level blueprint for using the Department's modern information technology (IT) infrastructure to deliver knowledge resources and IT services to State's diplomatic practitioners overseas and in the United States.

Prior to producing this ITSP, a Goals Paper was circulated widely throughout the Department to stimulate broad-based discussion about the strategic role of IT in support of modern diplomacy. The Goals Paper served as a vehicle to forge a consensus on the IT goals to be pursued between FY 2006 and 2010. This final IT Strategic Plan presents the results of the consensus-building process - an agreed-upon set of IT strategic goals to be pursued over the next five years. 

The report is available in PDF format as a single file [5.27MB Get Adobe Acrobat Reader], in addition to the HTML-based files listed below. To view the PDF, you will need to download, at no cost, the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Message From the CIO
IT Vision
IT Strategic Goals

  1. The Right Information: Knowledge Leadership for Diplomacy
  2. Anytime/Anywhere Computing: Diplomats on the Move
  3. External Partnership: Diplomacy Through Collaboration
  4. Risk Management: Mission Effectiveness and Security
  5. Work Practices and Workforce: Leading Change

Appendix A: Mapping of IT Goals to State/USAID Strategic Goals and Priorities


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