How This Report is Organized

Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
December 16, 2013

The State Department's FY 2013 Agency Financial Report (AFR) provides financial and performance information for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012, and ending on September 30, 2013, with comparative prior year data, where appropriate. The AFR demonstrates the agency's commitment to its mission and accountability to Congress and the American people. This report candidly presents the Department's operations, accomplishments, and challenges. The FY 2013 AFR begins with a message from the Secretary of State, John F. Kerry. This introduction is followed by three main sections and various appendices. In addition, a series of "In Focus" sidebars are interspersed to present useful information on the Department.

Photo showing the Harry S Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, in Washington, D.C.

The Harry S Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in Washington, D.C. ©AP Image

Section I: Management's Discussion and Analysis

Section I provides an overview of the Department's performance and financial information. It includes a brief history of the Department, introduces its mission and values, and describes the agency's organizational structure. This section highlights the Department's performance accomplishments for selected key performance results associated with the Department's goals and priorities. The section also highlights the agency's financial results, and provides management's assurances on the Department's internal controls.

Section II: Financial Section

Section II begins with a message from the Comptroller. This section details the Department's finances and includes the audit transmittal letter from the Inspector General, the independent auditor's reports, and the audited financial statements and notes. The Required Supplementary Information included in this section provides a combining schedule of budgetary resources, a report on the Department's year-end deferred maintenance, and the condition of heritage asset collections.

Section III: Other Information

Section III begins with the Schedule of Spending and the Inspector General's assessment of the agency's management and performance challenges and a brief summary of the Department's corrective actions. The section also includes a summary of the results of the Department's financial statement audit and management assurances and describes the Department's financial legal requirements, as well as improper payments efforts, financial management systems, and a summary of the Department's heritage assets.


The appendices include data that supports the main sections of the AFR. This includes a glossary of abbreviations and acronyms used in the report, a map of the Department of State's locations across the globe, a list of the past and present U.S. Secretaries of State, and websites of interest.