The Department continuously evaluates its foreign policy choices, assesses the impacts of its action or inaction, gauges the probability of success and insists on measurable results. In FY 2010, the Department of State continued to increase its analytical rigor in strategic planning and performance management by focusing on outcome-oriented performance measures that support its seven strategic goals and 39 strategic priorities. Although the Department and USAID share a joint strategic framework, this report highlights performance only for the Department of State. The following section includes a high-level discussion of the public benefits, key achievements, and selected key performance measures, including illustrative indicators, for each of the seven strategic goals. This information informs Congress, the public, and other stakeholders about the performance of the Department and its contributions to the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. Government. The Department’s Annual Performance Report (APR), to be issued in February 2011 as part of its Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ) in conjunction with the President’s Budget, will present more detailed analysis of performance results for FY 2010.