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Office of Management Strategy and Solutions

Our Mission

The Office of Management Strategy and Solutions (M|SS) is a strategic arm of the Under Secretary for Management led by an Assistant Secretary-equivalent Director. M|SS catalyzes strategic insights and solutions to help improve the management platform and advance foreign policy goals. As the Department’s internal management consultant, we aim to be the Trusted Partner for Smart Management. We are comprised of three directorates: Policy and Global Presence, the Center for Analytics, and Consulting and Advanced Projects.

Key Topics

Develop policies and manage platforms that strengthen the Department’s strategic governance, accountability, and alignment of resources.

Through administering management platforms, such as the Enterprise Governance Board and policies, such as Chief of Mission Authority, M|SS enhances transparency, agility, and efficient alignment of resources for Department policy priorities.

Learn more Develop policies and manage platforms that strengthen the Department’s strategic governance, accountability, and alignment of resources.

Empower data-informed diplomacy.

M|SS is committed to improving data culture, data management, and use of data analytics throughout the Department. Through the Center for Analytics, M|SS is building the Department’s capacity to leverage data as a strategic asset, so that employees at all levels can make data driven decisions.

Learn more Empower data-informed diplomacy.

Help Department principals, bureaus, and posts solve their challenges, applying leading edge management and mission expertise.

Through our Consulting and Advanced Projects team, we address complex, enterprise-wide challenges by devoting the time and subject matter expertise needed to move solutions forward at an enterprise level.

Learn more Help Department principals, bureaus, and posts solve their challenges, applying leading edge management and mission expertise.

Promote a high-performing, forward-looking organization that thrives on inclusion, diversity, and teamwork.

M|SS works to improve the Department at large, but we also strive to serve as a leading example of inclusion and continuous improvement. M|SS launched the Do Better Council in 2020 to do just that. Our vision is to practice inclusive behavior and continuous self-awareness to create an environment that allows all employees to thrive equally.

Learn more Promote a high-performing, forward-looking organization that thrives on inclusion, diversity, and teamwork.

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