The U.S. Department of State's Agency Financial Report (AFR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 provides an overview of the Department's financial and performance data to help Congress, the President, and the public assess our stewardship over the resources entrusted to us. This report is available at the Department's website (www.state.gov/s/d/rm/rls/perfrpt/2013/index.htm) and includes sidebars, videos, infographics, links, and information that satisfies the reporting requirements contained in the following legislation:
The AFR is the first of a series of three annual financial and performance reports the Department will issue. The reporting schedule includes: (1) an Agency Financial Report issued in December 2013; (2) an agency Annual Performance Report (APR) for FY 2013 in conjunction with the FY 2015 Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ), which is the Department's budget request to Congress, to be issued in February 2014; and (3) a Summary of Performance and Financial Information, to be released also in February 2014. The last report will be produced jointly with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These reports will be available online at http://www.state.gov/s/d/rm/c6113.htm.
The cover is a photo montage that presents the Department's commitment to making smart investments for America's future at a time when our foreign policy matters more than ever before in our daily lives. The images include: (top left) Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson meets with the Central American Youth Ambassadors at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., March 11, 2013; (right) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, Chinese State Councilor Yang, and Chinese Vice Premier Wang participate in the U.S.-China Economic and Strategic Dialogue Joint Session on Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., July 10, 2013; and (bottom left) the Harry S Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, in Washington, D.C.
Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting
In May 2013, the U.S. Department of State received the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for its FY 2012 Agency Financial Report. The CEAR Program was established by the AGA, in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officers Council, to further performance and accountability reporting. This represents the sixth time the Department has won the CEAR award.