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Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources


The Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Department. The Deputy Secretary also serves as principal adviser to the Secretary on overall supervision and direction of resource allocation and management activities of the Department. The Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources assists in carrying out the Secretary's authority and responsibility for the overall direction, coordination and supervision of operational programs of the State Department, including foreign aid and civilian response programs.

In addition, the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources advises the Secretary on the Department's participation in the National Economic Council (NEC) and interagency economic policy matters. The Deputy Secretary also assists the Secretary in representing the United States at international meetings, in performing other representational assignments, and in presenting the Department's position before Congress.

The Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources also provides final recommendations to the Secretary on senior personnel appointments. The Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) reports directly to the Deputy Secretary on small business policies and activities.


Overseas Security Advisory Council's 29th Annual Briefing

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (Nov. 19): "As our premier public-private partnership on security issues, OSAC for the last three decades has been delivering powerful results in safeguarding private American citizens and interests around the world. I want to talk this morning about how the OSAC partnership has strengthened our ability to mitigate and manage today’s evolving security challenges." Full Text»


U.S. Government Response to the Ebola Outbreak

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (Nov. 12): "The United States has responded both here at home and abroad, implementing a whole-of-government strategy to lead the global effort to halt the Ebola epidemic. State and USAID are working in concert with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other supporting agencies to stop the spread of the virus and prevent further transmission into other countries." Full Text»


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