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Under Secretary for Management is a position within the American Department of State that serves as principal adviser to the Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary of State on matters relating to the allocation and use of Department of State budget, physical property, and personnel, including planning, the day-to-day administration of the Department, and proposals for institutional reform and modernization. The current Under Secretary is Patrick F. Kennedy, who was sworn in on November 6, 2007.[1]

It is also the position to whom the Bureau of Administration, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Human Resources, Bureau of Information Resource Management, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Director of Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Foreign Service Institute, Office of Management Policy, Office of Medical Services, Office of Rightsizing the U.S. Government's Overseas Presence, and Office of White House Liaison report. The Under Secretary of Management gives direction to the Bureau of Resource Management, and the Chief Financial Officer serves as a part of the Under Secretary's senior management team. The Under Secretary for Management is the State Department's representative on the President's Management Council, and is the Department officially responsible for implementing the President's Management Agenda, announced in the summer of 2001.[1]

In an Act of February 7, 1953, Congress created for a 2-year period the position of Under Secretary of State for Administration as the third ranking officer in the Department. The position was not renewed, however; and between 1955 and 1978, the ranking officer in the Department handling administration and management questions was either a Deputy Under Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of State. On October 7, 1978, an Act of Congress created the permanent position of Under Secretary of State for Management.[2]

List of Under Secretaries of State for Administration, 1953—1954

Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
Donold B. Lourie February 16, 1953 March 5, 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Charles E. Saltzman June 29, 1954 December 31, 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower

List of Under Secretaries of State for Management, 1978—Present

Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
Benjamin H. Read October 1, 1978 January 19, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Richard T. Kennedy February 28, 1981 December 15, 1982 Ronald Reagan
Jerome W. Van Gorkom December 22, 1982 October 14, 1983 Ronald Reagan
Ronald I. Spiers November 23, 1983 May 15, 1989 Ronald Reagan
Ivan Selin May 23, 1989 June 23, 1991 George H. W. Bush
John F. W. Rogers October 9, 1991 January 19, 1993 George H. W. Bush
J. Brian Atwood April 1, 1993 May 10, 1993 Bill Clinton
Richard M. Moose August 2, 1993 September 1, 1996 Bill Clinton
Bonnie R. Cohen August 20, 1997 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Grant S. Green March 30, 2001 February 4, 2005 George W. Bush
Henrietta H. Fore August 2, 2005 November 15, 2007 George W. Bush
Patrick F. Kennedy November 15, 2007 George W. Bush


  1. ^ a b ""Under Secretary for Management"". Retrieved September 21, 2008.  
  2. ^ ""Under Secretaries of State for Management"". Retrieved September 21, 2007.  


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