U.S. President Barack Obama outlined his agenda in his Jan. 27 State of the Union address before Congress. He released a 2011 budget proposal shortly afterward. Photo by: Pete Souza/White House

The Obama administration has announced steps to significantly augment U.S. civilian presence abroad. The president’s budget proposal for fiscal 2011, released Feb. 1, calls for 410 hires at the State Department and another 200 at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Congress is expected to hold budget hearings in the coming weeks, and it may significantly alter the White House proposal. Passage is not expected until later this year; the fiscal year starts in October.

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    Josh Miller

    Josh joined Devex's Washington office in early 2010 as an international development correspondent covering U.S. aid reform, the D.C. development scene and Latin America. He previously served as a marketing communications coordinator for TechnoServe, a news production specialist for the Associated Press and a news desk assistant for the PBS NewsHour. He has reported for publications in Caracas, Chicago, Madrid, New Delhi, Philadelphia, and Washington, and holds a bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.