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U.S. Department of State FY 1999, Performance Plan.

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The ability of the Department of State to advance the foreign policy interests of the United States -- including supporting the overseas roles of the other USO agencies represented abroad -- depends upon the quality of States personnel, technologies, and infrastmcture. Diplomatic Readiness, a core responsibility of State, is the strategic asset that enables State to carry out its mission. The essential link between the US Us foreign policy goals and Diplomatic Readiness is best demonstrated by a few examples. For instance, the whole range of our relations with China - whether the issue is trade, human rights, or nonproliferation -- is affected by our ability to staff the embassy in Beijing and the consulates in other Chinese cities with representatives who know Chinese politics, culture, and language work in offices and live in housing that are efficient and safe and report to Washington through reliable and secure communications. Similarly, the success of the USGs efforts to promote democracy and free market economies in the republics of the former Soviet Union depends upon the quality and training of the personnel who serve there and the simple availability in the offices and homes of heat, mnning water, and electricity -- basics we take for granted in the United States but which have required much effort on States part to deliver in those posts. Other strategic goals, including protecting American citizens abroad and pursuing law enforcement objectives, require an information technology infrastructure that permits timely datasharing with other agencies and the production of high-technology passports, visas, and other documents criminals are hard-pressed to counterfeit.

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  • Government and Political Science

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