Under Secretary of State
|Reports to||The Secretary of State|
|Nominator||The President of the United States|
|Inaugural holder||Donold Lourie|
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.
In 2021, President Joe Biden nominated John R. Bass, a career foreign service officer and former ambassador, to the position.
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.
Officials reporting to the USS(M) include:
|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.
|Portrait||Name||Assuming office||Left office||President(s) served under|
|Under Secretary of State for Administration|
|Donold B. Lourie||February 16, 1953||March 5, 1954||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|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|
|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||May 23, 1989||June 23, 1991||George H. W. Bush|
|John F. W. Rogers||October 9, 1991||January 19, 1993||George H. W. Bush|
|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 (Acting)||September 1, 1996||August 20, 1997||Bill Clinton|
|Bonnie R. Cohen||August 20, 1997||January 20, 2001||Bill Clinton|
|Grant S. Green, Jr.||March 30, 2001||January 25, 2005||George W. Bush|
|Henrietta H. Fore||August 2, 2005||November 15, 2007||George W. Bush|
|Patrick F. Kennedy||November 15, 2007||January 26, 2017||George W. Bush|
|Brian Bulatao||May 17, 2019||January 20, 2021||Donald Trump|
|Carol Z. Perez (Acting)||January 20, 2021||December 29, 2021||Joe Biden|
|John R. Bass||December 29, 2021||Present|