U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves to bid farewell before boarding for departure home following the 17th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF) at the airport in Hanoi. ©AP Image
As the President’s chief advisor for foreign affairs, I am pleased to present the U.S. Department of State’s Agency Financial Report for fiscal year 2010. This report presents financial and performance information that reflects our dedication to achieving America’s foreign policy goals in a fiscally responsible manner and carrying out our mission to advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community. We take seriously our duty to effectively invest taxpayer dollars for the long-term success of our nation and are committed to accountability to the American public.
I began my tenure as Secretary of State by stressing the need to elevate diplomacy and development alongside defense. The challenges we face and the responses we need to meet those challenges are more complex than ever. During the past year, the Department increasingly has focused on how civilian power can meet the challenges of the 21st Century, including by collaborating with other nations and organizations to design and implement global and regional solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. We continue to see the rewards of this approach using the full range of tools or combination of tools at our disposal for each situation. Civilian power improves our relations with the people of countries throughout the world, protects our national security, and reinvigorates American leadership. We have repaired old alliances and forged new partnerships to solve common problems and achieve shared aspirations. We have strengthened institutions that provide incentives for cooperation, disincentives for sitting on the sidelines, and defenses against those who would undermine global progress. Also, we have championed the values that are at the core of the American character.
Our commitment to strong corporate governance is unwavering. To that end, we continue to improve our financial management, and I am pleased to report we have received an unqualified opinion on our financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. I am also pleased to provide an unqualified statement of assurance regarding the Department’s internal controls. This Agency Financial Report (AFR) is our principal publication and report to the President, Congress, and the American people on our leadership in financial management and on our management and stewardship of the public funds to which we have been entrusted. We worked with our Independent Auditor to ensure that the financial and summary performance data included in this Agency Financial Report are complete and reliable in accordance with the guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.
I am proud to represent the Department’s thousands of employees, including both American and Foreign Service Nationals, who serve at more than 270 posts worldwide.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
November 15, 2010
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