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Managing for Results circular flow chart. Planning quadrant: Strategic Planning; Bureau Strategic Planning; Mission Strategic Planning (circled). Budgeting quadrant: Mission Resource Budgeting; Bureau Resource Budgeting; Budget Review/Approval Process. Managing quadrant: Operational Planning; Program Management. Learning quadrant: Performance Monitoring & Evaluation; Program Reporting. [State Department Image] 7/9/2018As a third step of the strategic planning process, the four-year strategy that articulates the U.S. priorities in a given country is developed that is referred to as the Integrated Country Strategy (ICS). This ICS is led by the Chief of Mission to develop a common set of Mission Goals and Objectives through a coordinated and collaborative planning effort among Department of State and other U.S. Government agencies with programming in the country. Higher-level planning documents and strategies, such as the National Security Strategy, the State-USAID Joint Strategic Plan (JSP), and Department regional (JRS) and functional bureau strategies (FBS) inform the ICS. Once completed the ICS frames and informs the annual Mission Resource Request and Mission-level performance management requirements. If you need additional assistance or have any questions, please email the ICS Support Team at

The Department of State is in the process of developing a new 4-year State-USAID Joint Strategic Plan, which when drafted will allow Department bureaus and missions worldwide to begin drafting their own new strategies ensuring alignment to higher-level policy and priorities.  Once approved, those new strategies will be made available here.

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