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How We Manage Performance

FY 2008 Financial Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2008

The Department of State is committed to using performance management best practices to ensure the most effective U.S. foreign policy outcomes, and to promote greater accountability to our primary stakeholders, the American people. At the Department of State, performance management is a multi-phase process: setting strategic goals and priorities; creating programs; monitoring program activities; collecting data and measuring progress toward achievement of goals; using performance information to influence program and resource allocation decision-making; and communicating results to stakeholders.

These steps are designed to meet the challenges faced by federal agencies which include achieving greater accountability of federal funds, alignment of budget requests with demonstrated results and making informed policy and management decisions based on reported results. The Department’s performance management is guided by a Joint Strategic Plan, shared by both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development that established a Joint Strategic Goal Framework structured around seven strategic goals and key strategic priorities as outlined below.

Image showing the Strategic Planning Framework Diagram.D


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