The Department uses strategic and performance planning to ensure the organization achieves its objectives and goals, and is committed to utilizing the funds it receives from the American people through the Congress to produce successful results. Under the strong leadership of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, the Department continues to implement organizational innovations. The State Department and USAID have issued a joint Strategic Plan that governs the planning efforts for both agencies for fiscal years 2004-2009. This historic Strategic Plan utilizes a strategic goal framework that better captures and articulates the Department's high priority goals and objectives. Guided by the Strategic Plan, the planning and resource allocation process receives the personal attention of the Deputy Secretary on an ongoing basis as he leads senior level Policy, Performance, and Resource Reviews of all bureau performance and resource plans. Another significant organizational improvement has been the creation of joint State/USAID policy and management councils as recommended in the Strategic Plan. The Secretary's leadership in establishing these councils is ensuring the alignment of foreign policy and development assistance, and is improving the necessary management and organizational coordination and collaboration between the two agencies.
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. In FY 2004, the Department expanded the functionality of the MPP and BPP process, providing missions, bureaus, and senior officials the benefit of software applications that better support decision-making. During FY 2004, the Department fully integrated and institutionalized OMB's Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) into the Department's budget and planning processes. The integration enables State to systematically track PART Findings and Recommendations and has resulted in a number of management actions that address program/performance deficiencies.
For the first time, State and USAID developed a Joint Performance Plan for FY 2006, which further promotes the alignment of U.S. foreign policy and development assistance. The annual Performance and Accountability Report demonstrates how well the Department performed in meeting the goals and targets described in the Joint Performance Plan component of the Budget. The graphic at right shows the relationship between the key components of the performance landscape.
The Department's planning documents available to the public can be found on the State Department website as follows:
The Department welcomes public comments on this report. Comments should be sent to U.S. Department of State, Office of Strategic and Performance Planning, 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20520. Telephone: (202) 647-0300.