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Resource Highlights

FY 2004 Performance and Accountability Highlights
Bureau of Resource Management
November 2004


FY 2004 Funding Total: $47.3 Billion


FY 2004 Enacted Levels
(Dollars in Billions)

  Funding Percentage
State Appropriations $ 9.2  19%
Foreign Operations $38.1  81%
Total $47.3 100%



FY 2004 State Appropriations: $9.2 billion

Appropriations for the Department of State fund the key components of the Department's operations and infrastructure, as well as U.S. engagement abroad through public diplomacy and international organizations.

Major Expenditure Categories

  • Administration of Foreign Affairs and Other Appropriations: $7.5 billion
    • Diplomatic and consular programs, public diplomacy, information technology investment, embassy security, construction and maintenance, educational and cultural exchanges, international commissions, and diplomatic activities.
  • International Organizations: $1.7 billion
    • Contributions to international organizations including assessed contributions to the UN and other international organizations and the U.S. share of expenses for UN peacekeeping operations.


FY 2004 Foreign Operations: $38.1 billion

Foreign Operations programs promote U.S. foreign policy interests that advance the global fight against terrorism; provide economic, military, and democracy assistance to key foreign partners and allies; promote international peace and prosperity; curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction; interdict drugs; and provide health and humanitarian assistance.

There are several categories of Foreign Operations funds that contribute to the achievement of the foreign policy goals of the U.S. Some Foreign Operations resources are administered by the Department and others by other agencies. In addition, the Department provides foreign policy guidance to certain other agencies whose resources are part of international affairs resources (Function 150).

Programs for Foreign Operations fall within four areas:

  • Export and Investment Assistance: ($95) million
    (Net of Offsetting Collections)
    • Funding for the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Trade and Development Agency. Funding sustains and increases jobs in the United States by financing the exports of U.S. goods and services and by providing U.S. companies with project financing and funding for feasibility studies to level the international playing field for U.S. businesses operating overseas.
  • Bilateral Economic Assistance: $31.6 billion
    • Funding for humanitarian and disaster assistance programs, including demining, refugee, and migration assistance, and programs that support famine, natural disasters, and other unanticipated occurrences.
    • Funding for programs that provide development and economic assistance to U.S. allies and funding to support child survival and health concerns, such as HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases.
    • Funding for anti-terrorism and counterdrug programs.
    • Funding for Security, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Iraq.
  • Military Assistance: $4.9 billion
    • Funding for the improvement of the capabilities of U.S. allies for the defense capabilities by financing the procurement of U.S. materiel and services, including the training of about 10,000 foreign military and civilian personnel in U.S. schools annually.
  • Multilateral Assistance: $1.7 billion
    • Funding for contributions to multilateral development banks; debt restructuring; and contributions to international organizations for sustainable development efforts to protect the environment, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.


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