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Core Values

FY 2007-2012 Department of State and USAID Strategic Plan
Bureau of Resource Management
May 2007


In the conduct of diplomacy and development, people are critical. Indeed, the success of the Department of State and USAID is directly tied to the knowledge, skills, integrity, and creativity of our dedicated employees. Their principles, talents, and diversity—reflecting the America they represent—strengthen their ability to move the world in the direction of greater democracy, security, and prosperity. While mindful of the lessons of history, we must never fear to innovate and challenge current thinking to achieve our country's ambitious goals.

This joint Strategic Plan reflects the core values of the Department and USAID. These values represent the high standards our employees—whether Foreign Service, Civil Service, Foreign Service National, career, or appointed—must uphold. We recognize and respect the fact that our Foreign Service National employees remain loyal to their countries even as they work to uphold our core values. These key employees work with their American colleagues to perform vital services for U.S. citizens and to ensure the effective operation of our diplomatic posts and USAID Missions.

These values will be posted in every Embassy, Mission, and office of the Department and USAID. We will continue to integrate them into how we hire, train, evaluate, and reward our employees, and into how we conduct ourselves every day on the frontlines of diplomacy and development. Even as the Department's and USAID's specific goals and priorities may change to keep pace with the dynamic international environment, our core values will remain constant.



Commitment to the United States and the American people.

Maintenance of the highest ethical standards and integrity.

Excellence in the formulation of policy and program management with room for creative dissent. Implementation of policy and management practices, regardless of personal views.

Responsibility for meeting the highest performance standards.

Dedication to teamwork, professionalism, and the customer perspective.

Commitment to having a workforce that represents the diversity of America.


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