The Secretary of State has made foreign assistance a pillar of the department's Transformational Diplomacy Initiative and has sought better policy coordination, planning, and oversight by establishing a Director of Foreign Assistance (F Bureau). Even though the U.S. Agency for International Development has been the principal agency for development and humanitarian aid, the Department of State (State) has had a significant role delivering this type of assistance. Thus, it is essential that State have the right staff, with the right skills, in the right places to carry out its foreign assistance management responsibilities and ensure that U.S. funds are well spent. As requested, this report (1) describes the size and scope of development and humanitarian foreign assistance programs managed by State, (2) describes State's approaches to managing and monitoring such programs, and (3) evaluates State's processes for determining its human capital requirements for managing these programs.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of State||The Secretary of State should take steps to define the skills and competencies the department's employees need to manage foreign assistance responsibilities, including developing information on the number and type of staff who are currently managing foreign assistance programs, their roles and responsibilities, workload, experience, and training.|
|Department of State||The Secretary of State should develop a strategy to address any gaps it identifies.|