Agency Priority Goals

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

Beginning in FY 2012, the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) required federal agencies to establish a set of agency priority goals (APGs) that reflect the highest priorities of agency leadership to be achieved in a two year timeframe. The Department and USAID developed a set of eight outcome-focused APGs that would measure progress towards advancing major foreign affairs and foreign assistance priorities.

Photo showing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivering remarks at a Foreign Service Officer orientation at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2013.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a Foreign Service Officer orientation at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2013. Department of State

In addition to quarterly reporting on the status of meeting key milestones and performance targets for each APG, State and USAID APGs developed a process for conducting joint data-driven reviews of the FY 2012-2013 APGs that brought together goal leaders with the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the USAID Deputy Administrator. Through the reviews, senior leadership assessed performance data and identified successes and challenges as well as any actions necessary to ensure goal achievement. The State Department and USAID will publish a new set of FY 2015-2016 APGs in February 2014, along with the new FY 2014-2017 Joint Strategic Plan and the FY 2015 Congressional Budget Justification.

The table below identifies the Department's FY 2012-2013 APGs. Each APG contains hyperlinks to the Federal performance website,

Agency Priority Goals
Agency Priority Goal link
Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance
Climate Change
Food Security (primarily USAID)
Global Health (primarily USAID)
Economic Statecraft (State only)
Procurement Reform (USAID only)

A brief description of the eight Department of State-USAID APGs follows.

  • Afghanistan: With mutual accountability, assistance from the United States and the international community will continue to help improve the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's capacity to meet its goals and maintain stability.
  • Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance: Advance progress toward sustained and consolidated democratic transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Syria, and West Bank/Gaza.
  • Climate Change: Advance low emissions climate resilient development. Lay the groundwork for climate-resilient development, increased private sector investment in a low carbon economy, and meaningful reductions in national emissions trajectories through 2020 and the longer term.
  • Food Security: Increase food security in Feed the Future initiative countries in order to reduce prevalence of poverty and malnutrition.
  • Global Health: The Global Health Initiative will seek to improve the health of populations by supporting the creation of an AIDS-free generation, saving the lives of mothers and children, and protecting communities from infectious diseases through USAID- and State-supported programs.
  • Economic Statecraft: Through our more than 200 diplomatic missions overseas, the Department of State will promote U.S. exports in order to help create opportunities for U.S. businesses.
  • Management: Strengthen diplomacy and development by leading through civilian power.
  • Procurement Reform: Strengthen local civil society and private sector capacity to improve aid effectiveness and sustainability, by working closely with our implementing partners on capacity building and local grant and contract allocations.

The APGs align with four of the State-USAID Joint Strategic Goals. The four italicized APGs in the table below are highlighted in the report. Currently, there are no APGs reflected for Strategic Goals one, four, and six. A crosswalk of the Joint Strategic Goals and APGs is contained in the table below. The full APG language, goal leads, collaborating partners, and additional information may be found on

Crosswalk of State-USAID Joint Strategic Goals
and Agency Priority Goals
Strategic Goal Agency Priority Goal
SG2: Effectively manage transitions in the frontline states. Afghanistan
SG3: Expand and sustain the ranks of prosperous, stable and democratic states by promoting effective, accountable, democratic governance; respect for human rights; sustainable, broad-based economic growth; and well-being. Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance
Climate Change
Food Security (primarily USAID)
Global Health (primarily USAID)
SG5: Support American prosperity through economic diplomacy. Economic Statecraft (State only)
SG7: Build a 21st Century workforce; and achieve U.S. Government operational and consular efficiency and effectiveness, transparency and accountability; and secure U.S. Government presence internationally. Management
Procurement Reform (USAID only)

The Department of State has reiterated its commitment to joint planning and State-USAID are utilizing the opportunity afforded by developing an updated strategic plan to develop strategic objectives and new APGs. Central to the planning process is the definition of outcome-oriented strategic objectives developed to reflect U.S. global scope and impact.

Following their formal release in 2014, the new strategic objectives-which will be tied to new State-USAID agency-level strategic goals-will serve as the primary basis for performance measurement, strategic analysis, and decision making, and will be incorporated into the review process for the FY 2016 Budget. The Department of State and USAID will also use the Joint Strategic Plan process to identify a limited number of two-year APGs, allowing both the Department and USAID to focus on delivering measurable, quarterly progress toward the achievement of the strategic objectives.

Learn more.For more information on the progress achieved towards APGs, see the Department's quarterly results and data:
Full accomplishments of the APGs will be reported publicly in 2014.
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