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.
Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (July 17): "Diplomacy and development matter more than ever to the lives of ordinary Americans. In addition to preventing conflicts – so we don’t have to put our troops in harm’s way – we are fighting for American businesses, stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction, keeping our edge in science and innovation, assisting American citizens abroad, supporting our partners and allies, and honoring our values." Full Text»
Deputy Secretary Higginbottom (June 4): "Our region has already accomplished much in this regard, yet there remains more work to be done. In many parts of our hemisphere, unemployment, economic exclusion, and discrimination remain far too common. This is particularly true for historically marginalized groups, including women and girls, people of African descent, the indigenous, the disabled, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons." Full Text»