The Foreign Office has an overarching aim and mission statement. In addition, the FCO has more detailed objectives, and key targets called Public Service Agreements which the Office is working to achieve by March 2004. Like other Government Departments, the FCO receives its resources on the three-year Spending Round cycle (the Office was granted resouces most recently in the Spending Review 2000). March 2004 is the end of the present cycle. The FCO Service Delivery Agreement explains how the Office intends to meet its targets. A system of scorecards (proxy measures) is used to assess whether the Office is on track with performance measured against the targets. A Technical Note shows how progress will be measured. The Investment Strategy explains how the FCO will manage capital assets: you can download the FCO Departmental Strategy here (93K PDF file); and British Trade International's strategy is available on their website.
Information about the FCO's performance and management of resources is also available in the annual Departmental Report. You can also read our strategy for managing risk.