Major Program Areas: Diplomatic and Consular Programs

Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
November 17, 2014

Twenty-first century diplomatic and development challenges demand innovative approaches to create transformational solutions. In an era when information is disseminated instantaneously worldwide, our ability to engage quickly and effectively with the multitude of stakeholders, customers, and audiences is a core competency for our high-performing, motivated professionals. To meet these challenges also requires a flexible, nimble and efficient support platform for our professionals who are representing the United States around the world. This support platform is one way the Department provides enhanced Diplomatic and Consular Services.

As the number and variety of our activities continue to grow, our ability to keep our personnel safe from physical and virtual threats is a top priority. In 2013, Congress provided an additional $1.2 billion in security related capital funds, enabling us to build new, more secure facilities and mitigate risks in our existing facilities. We need to ensure that all personnel, whether they are diplomats, development professionals, security agents or family members, receive the right training at the right time so that everyone is a contributor to our overall security. Additionally, per Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), every U.S. Government department and agency will improve their protection against unauthorized system and facility access through the use of an advanced identity management mechanism. Ensuring that only the right people are allowed on our systems, coupled with an increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity infrastructure means that we are able to carry our mission while maintaining our security.

The Department has multiple Performance Goals to track progress towards this Major Program Area, one of which is through the following Performance Goal (from JSP 5.1.5, A Secured Diplomatic and Development Platform): By September 30, 2017, the Department and USAID will: relocate 6,000 U.S. Government employees into more secure and functional facilities; ensure that 100 percent of all State and 100 percent of USAID personnel use Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card authentication as required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12); achieve 80 percent completion on a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center toward a full training capability in FY 2018; and neutralize cyber threats detected against the Department's network and assets.

Bar chart summarizing the indicator: Number of U.S. Government Employees Overseas Moved Into Secure, Safe, and Functional Facilities. Values are as follows: 

FY 2013 (Baseline):
     Target: N/A.
     Actual: 2,290.
FY 2014:
     Target: 1,500.
FY 2015:
     Target: 1,500.
FY 2016:
     Target: 1,500.
FY 2017:
     Target: 1,500.

Discussion. Strategies to achieve this Performance Goal: strong authentication to ensure only authorized employees have access to Federal information systems by requiring a higher level of assurance following the HSPD-12 PIV standard; continue to build more secure, functional, and safer facilities overseas for our personnel; and improve our ability to mitigate cyber threats through the Foreign Affairs Cybersecurity Center. One way the Department measures success towards achieving this Performance Goal is by tracking the number of U.S. Government employees overseas moved into secure, safe, and functional facilities. Actual results and projected targets for achieving this key indicator appear in the chart above.