State, USAID Eye a Mixture of Budget Hikes and Cuts

Anne-Marie Slaughter, U.S. State Department’s outgoing director of policy planning. Photo by: New America Foundation /CC BY-NC-SA

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are expected to seek more funding to implement “crucial” reforms that can help save taxpayers’ money, according to the State Department’s outgoing director of policy planning, Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Slaughter’s remarks came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union speech, where he mentioned his intent to freeze government spending.  

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“We will still be asking for increases in very targeted areas,” she said in a breakfast meeting on Jan. 26.

Slaughter, however, noted that the two agencies’ budget appeal will also propose reduced funding in other areas, Josh Rogin of “The Cable” reports.

“The things that align with our priorities will be funded and those that don’t align with some of these priorities will not,” she said.

The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which maps out sweeping U.S. aid reforms, is the basis for the push for more funding for overseas aid initiatives, according to Slaughter, who will leave the State Department later this month to return to Princeton University.

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“[The QDDR] is the basis for our budget presentation,” she said. “[House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana] Ros-Lehtinen said we want you to figure out how to work much better and much more efficiently. Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton’s answer is, we’ve spend the last 18 months doing that.”

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