2011 Budget Proposes 410 Additional Foreign Service Officers

2011 Budget

The State Department is one of the few winners in the president’s proposed 2011 budget, with funding for the department and related international programs rising to $58 billion.

That amounts to a 2.8 percent increase, assuming Congress approves a pending supplemental foreign-affairs budget for this year.

Much of the proposed increase would go toward programs in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, which would get a 7.5 percent boost above 2010 levels, according to the State Department. The request includes $1.2 billion for a counter-insurgency fund for Pakistan.

The proposal increases by 9 percent, to $8.5 billion, funding for global health programs such as maternal and child care, tropical diseases and prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

The Obama administration would be on track to fulfill its pledge of doubling foreign assistance over six years, with a request of about $41.1 billion, up from $26.1 billion in 2009.

The State Department would add 410 Foreign Service personnel, and the U.S. Agency for International Development would get 200 more Foreign Service officers, under the 2011 budget. That would continue programs to rebuild the depleted agencies, but the rate of increase would be less than the administration had originally planned.

For the full budget request click here.

By Mary Beth Sheridan

19 Comments

  1. Stefan says:

    Can an FSO get assigned to a post like Iraq or Afghanistan? I’m assuming that’s a no, but I was wondering whether those with pashto and arabic language skills are sent over to assist first time around in the FS… it seems like the lack of experience in the embassy system may be a hindrance.

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