This joint Highlights Report, prepared by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is a summary of the two agencies' 2007 performance, budget and financial information as well as a summary of their budget requests for 2009. The Report highlights the successes and challenges that the Department and USAID encountered in 2007 while implementing programs that support the agencies' Joint Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2007-2012. This reporting period also marks the first year of program planning and implementation under the foreign assistance reform announced by Secretary Rice in 2006.
This Report reflects the two agencies' participation in the Office of Management and Budget's Pilot Program for Alternative Approaches to Performance and Accountability Reporting. Under this voluntary program, a number of federal agencies chose to reconfigure their annual reporting documents and publishing dates in an effort to present more streamlined and timely information that clarifies the relationships between performance, budget and financial reporting.
As part of the three-tiered Pilot Program reporting schedule, USAID and the Department of State issued Agency Financial Reports on November 15, 2007. The agencies' complete Annual Performance Report for 2007 and Annual Performance Plan for 2009 will be issued in conjunction with the 2009 budget request to Congress, the Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ). This Highlights Report, due on February 1, 2008, is the third component of the Pilot Program. Upon release of the President's Budget on February 4, 2008, this Report was updated to reflect the 2009 budget request information.
Web links to each of the above documents can be found in the relevant sections of the joint Highlights Report.