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Sidebar on State-USAID High Priority Performance Goals

Bureau of Resource Management
November 15, 2011


Under the leadership of Secretary Clinton, the Department of State and USAID have developed a strategic approach to accomplishing their shared mission, focusing on robust diplomacy and development as central components to solving global problems. In accordance with the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act (GPRAMA) of 2010, State and USAID identified eight outcome-focused High Priority Performance Goals (HPPGs) that reflect the Secretary’s and USAID Administrator’s highest priorities. These goals reflect our strategic and budget priorities in FY 2010-2011and will continue to be of particular focus for the two agencies in the next iteration of performance goals—the Agency Priority Goals due to be published in February of 2012.

The current HPPGs are listed below. Due to time lags in data collection, results from the HPPGs will be published in our upcoming performance reports in February 2012.

High Priority Performance Goals (HPPGs), FY 2010-FY 2011

  • Afghanistan and Pakistan: For detailed information, see Stabilization Strategy, Feb 2010
  • Iraq: A Sovereign, Stable, and Self-Reliant Iraq.
  • Global Health: By 2011, countries receiving health assistance will better address the priority health needs of women and children, with progress measured by U.S. Government and UNICEF-collected data and indicators. Longer term, by 2015, the Global Health Initiative aims to reduce the mortality of mothers and children under five, saving millions of lives, avert millions of unintended pregnancies, prevent millions of new HIV infections, and eliminate some neglected tropical diseases.
  • Climate Change: By June 30, 2012, U.S. assistance will have supported the establishment of at least 12 work programs to support the development of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS), with this support expanding to 20 countries in 2013. By the end of FY 2014, U.S. assistance will result in strengthened capacity and measurable progress on LEDS, laying the groundwork for climate resilient development and meaningful reductions in national emissions trajectories through 2020 and longer term.
  • Food Security: By the end of FY 2011, up to five countries will demonstrate the necessary political commitment and implementation capacities to effectively launch implementation of comprehensive food security plans that will track progress towards the country’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) to halve poverty and hunger by 2015.
  • Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights: To promote greater adherence to universal standards of human rights, strengthen democratic institutions, and facilitate accountable governance through diplomacy and assistance, by supporting activists in 14 authoritarian and closed societies and by providing training assistance to 120,000 civil society and government officials in 23 priority emerging and consolidating democracies between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2011.
  • Global Security – Nuclear Nonproliferation: Improve global controls to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and enable the secure, peaceful use of nuclear energy.
  • Management: Strengthen the civilian capacity of the State Department and USAID to conduct diplomacy and development activities in support of the Nation’s foreign policy goals by strategic management of personnel, effective skills training, and targeted hiring to fill priority vacancy needs.


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