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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, supervision of programs authorized by the Peace Corps Act, social science research, immigration, 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 activities of the United States 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 Agencies (i.e., U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], Peace Corps [PC], Foreign Agricultural Service [FAS], Foreign Commercial Service [FCS], and Arms Control and Disarmament Agency [ACDA]).

General Services Administration

The General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of I Governmentwide Policy is responsible for prescribing policies and procedures 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 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

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, 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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Publication:Defense Transportation Journal
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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