Q&A: What exactly does the State Department's 'F' bureau do?

People enter the U.S. State Department building in Washington, D.C. Photo by: REUTERS / Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON — The Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources was established more than a decade ago, but the often under-the-radar State Department entity has a new leader who is eager to push for improved use of data and better coordination.

Jim Richardson has been in his job as the director of the office, often referred to as the “F” bureau, for only a few weeks. He moved over from the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he served as assistant to the administrator in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning and as coordinator of USAID’s “Transformation Task Team.”

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    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.