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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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 88,000 Alaska jobs with customers in 97 countries and territories buying Alaska-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $4.6 billion in goods exports (2012) and $1.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs plays a critical role in ensuring the maintenance of sustainable populations of Pacific Salmon and Pacific Halibut harvest opportunities by American fishermen. Our contributions of approximately $3 million to the Pacific Salmon Commission, and $4.3 million to the International Halibut Commission, help protect and sustain the nearly $5.8 billion dollar Alaskan fishing industry. (OES) More»

    • Alaska hosted 3,219 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $50,000 to the Institute of the North in Anchorage 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 your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • 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»

    • 111 exchange visitors from overseas visited Alaska and 139 Alaska residents travelled overseas, including 10 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 15 Alaska families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • Four Brazilian students studied at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in 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

    • Alaska welcomed 106 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 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 founded in 2003 with Mongolia. (PM) More»

    • The Office of Foreign Missions regional office in San Francisco serves Alaska and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 34,604 passports were issued to Alaskan residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department processes applications from 44 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Alaska. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 31 overseas adoptions for Alaska families in 2012. 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»

    • Alaska welcomed over 89,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.3% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Field Office serves Alaska: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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