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Authority and Responsibility of the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is the President's principal foreign policy advisor and is responsible for the formulation of foreign policy and the execution of approved policy.

The Secretary has responsibilities, by virtue of law or Executive order, with respect to such matters as international educational and cultural affairs, in formation activities, foreign assistance, food for peace, arms control and disarmament One of the major efforts to preserve international peace and security in the twenty-first century has been to control or limit the number of weapons and the ways in which weapons can be used. Two different means to achieve this goal have been disarmament and arms control. , supervision of programs authorized by the Peace Corps Act, social science research, immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. , and refugee assistance.

The Secretary has authority and responsibility to the full extent permitted by law for the overall direction, coordination, and supervision of interdepartmental in·ter·de·part·men·tal  
adj.
Involving or representing different departments, as of a business, an academic institution, or a government: "the petty interdepartmental squabbling that surrounds the making of . . .
 activities of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  Government overseas. This authority includes continuous supervision and general direction of:

Peace Corps programs

* Economic assistance

* Military assistance Military education and training

* Military sales programs

The primary mission of the Transportation and Travel Management Division is to provide transportation (Freight Forwarding/Customs House Brokerage) and logistical support for some 164 Embassies, three Branch Offices, 10 Missions, one U.S. Interests Section, 66 Consulates General, 19 Consulates, five U.S. Liaison Offices and various other field offices throughout the world. The Transportation and Travel Management Division also supports approximately 30 other U.S. government civilian agencies including several Foreign Affairs foreign affairs
pl.n.
Affairs concerning international relations and national interests in foreign countries.
 Agencies (i.e., U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID USAID United States Agency for International Development
USAID Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (Spanish) 
], Peace Corps [PC], Foreign Agricultural Service [FAS], Foreign Commercial Service [FCS FCS - Frame Check Sequence ], and Arms Control and Disarmament Agency [ACDA ACDA American Choral Directors Association
ACDA Arms Control & Disarmament Agency
ACDA American Commodity Distribution Association
ACDA American Celiac Disease Alliance
ACDA Azienda Cuneese Dell'Acqua (Italy) 
]).

General Services Administration The General Services Administration (GSA) was established by section 101 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C.A. § 751). The GSA sets policy for and manages government property and records.  

The General Services Administration's (GSA (1) (Global mobile Suppliers Association, Sawbridgeworth, U.K., www.gsacom.com) A membership organization of suppliers of GSM products and services. Its goal is to promote GSM as the worldwide mobile communications standard. See GSM Association and GSM. ) Office of I Governmentwide Policy is responsible for prescribing policies and procedures Policies and Procedures are a set of documents that describe an organization's policies for operation and the procedures necessary to fulfill the policies. They are often initiated because of some external requirement, such as environmental compliance or other governmental  pertaining to government-wide travel and relocation allowances and entitlements for civilian federal employees, and transportation and traffic management. In addition to this policy and regulatory development role, GSA's Federal Supply Service makes available to federal agencies a variety of commercial services programs which control and reduce federal travel costs and encourage the economical and efficient movement of freight and household goods and shipments. GSA also contracts with commercial auditing firms to examine the government's transportation billings.

Travel Management

The government spends over $7 billion a year on official travel for its employees. FSS FSS Federal Supply Service (US General Services Administration)
FSS Flight Service Station
FSS Family Self-Sufficiency
FSS Fixed Satellite Service
FSS Forensic Science Service (Great Britain) 
 commercial travel management services programs (e.g., contractor-issued travel charge card, travel management centers, discount passenger transportation and discount lodging programs) provide participating federal agencies with a comprehensive approach to managing the performance of official travel by their employees, and the payment of travel-related expenses.

Freight and Household Goods Management

FSS's freight and household goods programs simplify the procurement of transportation services. Use of the negotiated rates obtained through these programs ensures that the transportation of freight and household goods shipments is accomplished by the most efficient and economical means. FSS maintains a standard tender of service which standardizes participating carrier qualifications and performance requirements and includes the rules under which shipments are to be handled by carriers in the program. FSS also conducts liaison programs with civilian agencies to assist them in the establishment and/or improvement of their freight traffic program.

Federal Emergency Management Agency The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal agency responsible for coordinating emergency planning, preparedness, risk reduction, response, and recovery. The agency works closely with state and local governments by funding emergency programs and providing technical  

www.fema.gov

What is FEMA? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the central point of contact within the federal government for a wide range of emergency planning and response activities. It works closely with all levels of government and the emergency management community to improve the nation's state of civil preparedness and ability to respond effectively to crises of all kinds.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., FEMA has about 2,600 employees nationwide directed by James Lee Witt James Lee Witt (born January 6, 1944) was Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Witt was born in Paris, Arkansas, and was raised in Dardanelle, in Yell County, Arkansas.
, former director of the Office of Emergency Service for Arkansas. The agency maintains offices in each of the 10 federal regions and operates the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD.

* FEMA's Mission FEMA's mission is to provide the leadership and support to reduce loss of life and property and protect the nation's institutions from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, all-hazards emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

As part of this mission, FEMA provides state and local governments with technical guidance and financial support to assist their development of emergency management and population protection capabilities for all natural and man-made hazards regardless of cause.

Among FEMA's key programs and activities are the coordination of federal response and federal/state recovery assistance for presidentially declared disasters, state and local population plans around nuclear power plants, and planning for the continued provision of government services in all types of emergencies. The agency also administers the federal flood insurance program, part of the Federal Insurance Administration, and, as part of its U.S. Fire Administration, provides fire prevention education for the public and training for the nation's emergency managers and firefighters.
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