As we work around the world to promote and defend our national interests and ideals, the United States and our friends and allies face many challenges. At our overseas missions and Washington bureaus, our foreign policy professionals work together with their interagency partners to address challenges as diverse as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the global threat of terrorism, weak and poor governance, the irresponsible behavior of some governments, and the spread of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation.
As reported last year, the Department of State, in conjunction with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) fundamentally reorganized the way it plans, budgets, and manages foreign assistance to achieve greater integration and focus. This reform is taking root in our increased capability to use foreign assistance more efficiently and more effectively not only to further our foreign policy goals and bolster our national security, but also to reduce poverty and improve people's lives around the world.
Some of our accomplishments in FY 2007 are outlined below:
The Department of State and USAID work closely together to meet the global challenges of the twenty-first century. I am pleased to offer this summary of key performance, budget, and financial information and provide a statement of assurance that the data herein are complete and reliable. This report documents the value of our investments as the Department of State and USAID engage in an extraordinary partnership to transform our world for the better through diplomacy and development.