The line forms for evacuation processing of private U.S. citizens at Cairo International Airport. State Magazine May 2011
Approximately five million Americans reside abroad, and Americans make about 65 million trips overseas every year. The Department provides citizen support throughout the cycle of life, from certifying the birth of American citizens born abroad, to assisting families when an American dies overseas. The Department also assists Americans whose children have been wrongly taken to or kept in foreign countries. In collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, the Department protects America's homeland with improved technology and efficiency at ports of entry and in visa processing and more secure U.S. travel documents. In support of this strategic goal, the Department is pursuing a multi-year hiring program to build the talented, diverse workforce needed to handle the Nation's foreign policy priorities and strengthen diplomacy. In addition, the Department continues its commitment to using "green" technologies in embassies and consulates, and to maximize funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand consular services offered to American taxpayers.
The Department allocated $8.621 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2011, which is 18 percent of the total State-USAID budget for all strategic goals. The Department and USAID met or exceeded targets for 63 percent of performance indicators for Strategic Goal 7. Thirteen percent of indicators were below target, and 13 percent of indicators improved, but did not meet targets. Ratings were not available for 12 percent that are new indicators or data are not yet available.1
1 Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. (back to text)