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Douglas Pitkin
Douglas Pitkin is the Director of the Department of State’s Bureau of Budget & Planning (BP), which is responsible for developing the $25 billion diplomatic engagement budget, overseeing strategic planning and performance management of those resources, as well funds control of all Department resources. The BP Director also serves as the Department’s Performance Improvement Officer. Mr. Pitkin previously served as BP’s Deputy Director from 2008 through May 2015, and as BP’s Director for Program Accounts from 2007 to 2008. He joined the State Department in 2006 as the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office at U.S. Embassy Baghdad. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Pitkin was a budget examiner with the Office of Management and Budget from 1997 through 2006. Over that time, he covered a diverse range of portfolios, including the Commerce Department, Justice Department, and Department of Homeland Security. While with OMB, Mr. Pitkin was detailed to the Coalition Provisional Authority’s Washington office from January to June 2004. Prior to joining the government, he held a variety of positions in publishing. Mr. Pitkin has lived in Washington, DC since 1989. He received his B.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in 1989, and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University in 1997

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