The Department's ongoing performance management process is driven by senior leadership direction and coordination. Each year, the Department's diplomatic missions and Washington-based bureaus submit Mission Performance Plans (MPPs) and Bureau Performance Plans (BPPs), respectively, that describe their policy and program goals, priorities and resource requirements, and evaluate performance. During the past year, the Department has improved the MPPs and BPPs, and fully automated the process. Missions, bureaus and senior officials now have the benefit of software applications that better support decision-making. Based on planning and performance information in the MPPs and BPPs, as well as additional budget information, the Department develops its annual Performance Budget, which focuses on the highest priority issues and is consistent with the high-level Strategic Plan. The annual Performance and Accountability Report demonstrates how well the Department performed in meeting the goals and targets described in the Performance Budget. The graphic at right shows the relationship between the key components of the performance landscape.
The Department's public planning documents can be found on the worldwide web as follows:
FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report: http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/perfrpt/2003/
FY 2004-2009 State/USAID Strategic Plan: http:http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/dosstrat/2004/
FY 2004 Performance Plan: http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/perfplan/2004/