MISSION: The mission of the Department, working closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to “advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.” The State/USAID Joint Strategic Plan for 2007-2012 can be found at http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/dosstrat/2007.
ORGANIZATION: The Department’s mission is carried out by seven bureaus covering the geographic regions of the world and international organizations, and over 30 functional and management bureaus. The Department has an extensive overseas presence with over 260 embassies, consulates and other posts worldwide. For more information about the Department, please visit www.state.gov. The most recent version of the Department’s organization chart can be found on page 8 of the Fiscal Year 2008 Agency Financial Report (AFR) at http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/perfrpt/2008/.
PERSONNEL: The Department’s integrated workforce implements U.S. foreign policy worldwide to achieve the agency’s strategic goals, and is comprised of Foreign Service Officers (11,000 or 38%), Civil Service staff (9,000 or 30%) and Foreign Service Nationals (10,000 or 32%). For more personnel data, please see page 9 of the AFR at http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/perfrpt/2008/.
BUDGETARY RESOURCES: The budgetary resources appropriated for Fiscal Year 2008 and allocated by strategic goal, totaled just over $20 billion or $114 per person annually and includes both foreign assistance to other countries and the Department’s overseas and domestic operations funds. Note: The total spending reported is State Department only, and does not include USAID funding which is combined in the International Affairs account within the President’s Budget.