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Bureau of Administration


Bureau of Administration logo of American flag and globeThe Bureau of Administration (A) provides support programs to the Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates. These programs include: real property and facilities management; procurement; supply and transportation; diplomatic pouch and mail services; official records, publishing, and library services; language services; setting allowance rates for U.S. Government personnel assigned abroad and providing support to the overseas schools educating their dependents; overseeing safety and occupational health matters; small and disadvantaged business utilization; and support for both White House travel abroad and special conferences called by the President or Secretary of State.

Direct services to the public and other government agencies include: authenticating documents used abroad for legal and business purposes; responding to requests under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts and providing the Electronic Reading Room for public reference to State Department records and information access programs; printing official publications; language support to the U.S. Government; and determining use of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the Harry S Truman headquarters building in Washington, DC.

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), which reports to the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources on small business policies and activities, is attached to the Bureau of Administration for administrative purposes and to facilitate collaboration with the Department’s contracting function. Joyce A. Barr is the Assistant Secretary for Administration. 


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