United States
Under Secretary of State
for Management
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Seal of the United States Department of State
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John R. Bass

since December 29, 2021
Reports toThe Secretary of State[1]
NominatorThe President of the United States
Inaugural holderDonold Lourie
WebsiteOfficial website

The Under Secretary of State for Management is a position within the United States Department of State that serves as principal adviser to the Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary of State on matters relating to the allocation and use of Department of State budget, physical property, and personnel, including planning, the day-to-day administration of the Department, and proposals for institutional reform and modernization.

The Under Secretary is appointed by the President of the United States with the consent of the United States Senate to serve at the request of the President. The most recent Under Secretary was Patrick F. Kennedy, who was appointed on November 6, 2007 by President George W. Bush and then retained by President Barack Obama.[2]

In 2021, President Joe Biden nominated John R. Bass, a career foreign service officer and former ambassador, to the position.[3]


The Under Secretary of State for Management is the State Department's representative on the President's Management Council, and is the Department official responsible for implementing the President's Management Agenda.


In an Act of February 7, 1953, Congress created for a 2-year period the position of Under Secretary of State for Administration as the third ranking officer in the Department. The position was not renewed, however; and between 1955 and 1978, the ranking officer in the Department handling administration and management questions was either a Deputy Under Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of State. On October 7, 1978, an Act of Congress created the permanent position of Under Secretary of State for Management.[4]

Reporting officials

Officials reporting to the USS(M) include:

Official Department Department Code
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Bureau of Administration (A)
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA)
Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS)
Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Bureau of Global Talent Management (GTM)
Chief Information Officer Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM)
Comptroller Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services (CGFS)
Director of Overseas Buildings Operations Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)
Director of the Foreign Service Institute Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
Director of Budget and Planning Bureau of Budget and Planning (BP)
Director Office of Management Strategy and Solutions (M/SS)
Chief Medical Officer / Designated Agency Safety and Health Official Bureau of Medical Services (MED)
Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador Office of Foreign Missions (M/OFM)
Director of Diplomatic Reception Rooms Office of Fine Arts (M/FA)
K-Fund Manager / Director Office of Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service (M/EDCS)
White House Liaison of the Department of State Office of White House Liaison (M/WHL)


The table below includes both the various titles of this post over time, as well as all the holders of those offices.

Under Secretary of State for Management[5]
Portrait Name Assuming office Left office President(s) served under
Under Secretary of State for Administration
Donold Lourie.jpg
Donold B. Lourie February 16, 1953 March 5, 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Charles E. Saltzman.jpg
Charles E. Saltzman June 29, 1954 December 31, 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Under Secretary of State for Management
Benjamin H. Read October 1, 1978 January 19, 1981 Jimmy Carter
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Richard T. Kennedy February 28, 1981 December 15, 1982 Ronald Reagan
Jerome W. Van Gorkom December 22, 1982 October 14, 1983 Ronald Reagan
Ronald I. Spiers November 23, 1983 May 15, 1989 Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Ivan Selin.jpg
Ivan Selin May 23, 1989 June 23, 1991 George H. W. Bush
Portraits of Assistants to President Ronald Reagan (cropped3).jpg
John F. W. Rogers October 9, 1991 January 19, 1993 George H. W. Bush
J. Brian Atwood (State Magazine 1997-06- Iss 406 (IA sim state-magazine 1997-06 406), page 6 crop).jpg
J. Brian Atwood April 1, 1993 May 10, 1993 Bill Clinton
Richard M. Moose August 2, 1993 September 1, 1996 Bill Clinton
Patrick-F-Kennedy 2002.jpg
Patrick F. Kennedy (Acting) September 1, 1996 August 20, 1997 Bill Clinton
Bonnie R. Cohen August 20, 1997 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Grant S. Green, Jr. (cropped).jpg
Grant S. Green, Jr. March 30, 2001 January 25, 2005 George W. Bush
Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF - 2019 (46857441654) (cropped).jpg
Henrietta H. Fore August 2, 2005 November 15, 2007 George W. Bush
Patrick-F-Kennedy 2002.jpg
Patrick F. Kennedy November 15, 2007 January 26, 2017 George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Donald Trump
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Brian Bulatao May 17, 2019 January 20, 2021 Donald Trump
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Carol Z. Perez (Acting) January 20, 2021 December 29, 2021 Joe Biden
John R. Bass December 29, 2021 Present


  1. ^ "1 FAM 044 UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT (M)". Foreign Affairs Manual. U.S. Department of State. January 31, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Under Secretary for Management". Retrieved September 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "President Biden Announces Four Key Foreign Policy Nominations". The White House. 2021-07-21. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  4. ^ U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian. "Under Secretaries of State for Management". Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Department of State Senior Officials". State Department. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-29.