Around the World: 2016 budget justification for USAID and the State Department

Post Date: February 26, 2015 | Category: Around the World

Professional Overseas Contractors

This year, our budget request for the Department of State and United States Agency for USAID totals $50.3 billion.

The funds we are requesting include a base request of $43.2 billion, which go directly toward strengthing our programs and platforms around the world to address ongoing and emerging national security priorities. It will protect our diplomatic personnel, facilities, and information. It will support the security partnerships and expand the global engagement and exchanges that serve U.S. interests across the globe.

It will advance international efforts to mitigate and adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change. It will provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, and fund development programs that foster growth, health, education, democratic goverance, and poverty reduction.

The Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) portion of our request totals $7 billion resources that support critical programs and operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as enable the Department to take extraordinary action that may be critical to our immediate national security objectives without having to short-change longer-term efforts to address global challenges. In addition, the OCO funds will support exceptional costs related to our efforst to combat, minimize, and isolate terrorist organizations such as al-Qai'da and the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the conflict in Syria, including it's impact on neighboring countries, and Ukraine, and unanticipated contributions to emergency peacekeeping needs wherever they might arise. 

The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continue to make strides toward defining and objectives, assessing challenes and progress, and measuring the results of diplomacy and development efforts to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The resulting improvements in strategic planning, performance management and evaluation throughout the Department of State and USAID are detailed in the accompanying Diplomatic Engagement and Foreign Assistance Appendices of the Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ) and Performance. 


Congressional Budget Justification—Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

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