Office of Verification, Planning, and Outreach (AVC/VPO)

The Office of Verification, Planning, and Outreach (AVC/VPO) is responsible for establishing priorities, identifying emerging issues, and recommending the appropriate use of resources for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC). Additionally, the Office takes the lead on identifying and advocating for technological and analytical solutions to a broad range of verification and compliance issues for both current and future arms control challenges. In this regard, VPO assists in the creation and use of National Technical Means (NTM) to support the collection and analysis of data needed to detect the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), as well as means of their delivery, to support arms control verification and compliance.

Core Missions

Verification: The AVC Bureau, and VPO in particular, leads the U.S. Government’s development and implementation of robust verification and compliance policies related to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. VPO ensures that appropriate verification requirements and capabilities are fully considered and properly integrated throughout the development, negotiation, and implementation of arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament agreements and commitments; that other countries’ compliance is carefully monitored, assessed, reported, and pursued; and that treaties and agreements are fully implemented.

Key Verification Assets Fund (V Fund): The Office manages the Key Verification Assets Fund (V Fund) for the Bureau in order to further promote the maintenance and/or development of technologies to address our arms control verification and compliance requirements.

Liaison to the Intelligence Community (IC): VPO directly supports the AVC Assistant Secretary’s role as the principal policy community representative to the IC concerning verification and compliance matters, and ensures that verification requirements are met. These responsibilities include representing the AVC Bureau on boards, committees, and working groups to articulate requirements for the collection and analysis of data to verify compliance with arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments.

Planning: The Office plays a key strategic planning function, making recommendations to the Assistant Secretary on how the Bureau can best meet its strategic objectives and produce desired results. In this regard, the Office is responsible for drafting and coordinating the AVC Functional Bureau Strategy, Bureau Resource Request, Congressional Budget Justification, and Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review submissions, as well as various budget reports and justifications.

Public Affairs: VPO manages the AVC Bureau’s legislative affairs, public affairs, and public diplomacy functions. Working directly with the Department’s Spokesperson and the Bureau of Public Affairs, VPO facilitates effective communication and interaction between the AVC Bureau and the Congress, foreign and domestic media, and the general public.

International Security Advisory Board (ISAB): On behalf of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, VPO supports the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) —a group of independent experts with diplomatic, scientific, military or academic backgrounds who provide the Secretary of State and the Department with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, international security and related aspects of public diplomacy.