The Department of State is a Cabinet-level agency in charge of the foreign affairs of the United States. As the lead on foreign affairs, State’s responsibilities cover numerous development topics, particularly at the nexus of development and democracy. State is tightly linked to USAID through budget and policy coordination by the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, or F Bureau. F Bureau is charged with leading interagency coordination of US foreign assistance and managing the foreign assistance budget. In addition, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is housed under State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
CGD's research focuses on the budget and policy relationship between USAID and State, as well as other initiatives housed under State like PEPFAR. We have also previously examined on the Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review (QDDR), aid transparency initiatives by the State Department like ForeignAssistance.gov, and State’s role in the broader US development apparatus.