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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alaska state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Alaska state flag © Public Domain

Fast Fact

Secretary of State William Henry Seward negotiated the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia, an important step in the rise of the United States as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • The Department of State, in partnership with other federal agencies, advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new markets for American businesses and workers. Of the 554 Alaska exporters in 2013, 72% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Alaska exports totaled $5.1 billion. Those exports supported 39,540 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Alaska hosted 1,626 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $12 million to Alaska’s economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $450 million to the State of Alaska for participating in the Pacific Salmon Commission, and nearly $145 million to the State of Alaska for participating in the International Halibut Commission, both of which ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of Pacific salmon and Pacific halibut for harvest opportunities by the U.S. (OES)

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $50,000 to the State of Alaska for partnering with the Institute of the North to work on the Arctic Maritime Infrastructure and Aviation Transportation Initiative, an Arctic Council project. (OES) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Alaska. (HR)

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 8 Scholars and Students from Alaska (ECA) More»

    • 142 exchange visitors from overseas visited Alaska and 98 Alaska residents travelled overseas as part of the Department of State Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence: (Lewis Lukens): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Four Brazilian students attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, Piper Campbell, traveled to Alaska in April 2015 for a press conference to highlight the positive impact of the State Partnership Program between Mongolia and the Alaska National Guard. This partnership, entered over a decade ago, allows for military training and exercises as well as disaster preparedness. More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 106. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 350 affiliated offices, to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Alaska National Guard State Partnership Program with Mongolia founded in 2003. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 34,604 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 44 (CA) More»

    • 31 Alaskan families participated in overseas adoptions. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Alaska: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism, and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»


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