"The State Department is ready and eager to take the lead in carrying out the President’s foreign policy agenda, including the strategic use of development assistance. We are focusing on results -- measuring the impact of our efforts -- to ensure that we achieve lasting change around the world."
--Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
In April 2010, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for Fiscal Year 2009 (Summary) and A Citizen’s Guide to Foreign Affairs (Citizen’s Guide). The Summary describes State and USAID’s performance and accomplishments achieved towards the highest U.S. diplomatic and development objectives. The Citizen's Guide, a companion reference brochure to the Summary, outlines recent performance and resource highlights, and presents current priorities and a look ahead.
Last fiscal year, State and USAID:
Overall, of 130 performance indicators State and USAID used to measure progress, 39% met or exceeded targets, 19% did not, and 42% had no rating because the indicators were either new or rating data was not yet available.
Meeting Global Challenges
The United States foreign policy agenda is ambitious but our times demand nothing less: two wars, conflict in the Middle East, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, economic recession, climate change, hunger, pandemic disease, and transnational criminal networks all threaten global stability and progress.
To meet these challenges, the State Department and USAID must use resources smartly and strategically to get the best possible results while maximizing the impact of every dollar spent. Both the Summary and the Citizen’s Guide reflect our commitment to responsible, results-oriented stewardship over the resources entrusted to us.
Strategic Direction for the Future
In the coming years, State and USAID will:
For more information, or to view the reports, please visit: http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/c6113.htm.