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

Fast Fact

Read how former Idaho Senator William E. Borah played an integral part in the convening of the Washington Naval Conference (1921-1922), at which the world's largest naval powers gathered to discuss naval disarmament and ways to relieve growing tensions in East Asia. 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 1,762 Idaho exporters in 2013, 84% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Idaho exports totaled $5.1 billion. Those exports supported 26,017 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

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

    • Embassy Moscow and Consul General St. Petersburg hosted Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and his delegation of 50+ for commercial discussions with Russian business representatives. (EUR) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $22,000 to Idaho’s economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Idaho National Laboratory Industries received $31,621 from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 13 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Idaho. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jasper Daniels): 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»

    • 158 exchange visitors from overseas visited Idaho and 107 Idaho residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 59 Brazilian students attended Boise State University and the University of Idaho 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»

    • The University of Idaho participated in an International Virtual College Fair hosted by the Department of State in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 961. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • The Department of State facilitates the Idaho National Guard State Partnership Program with Cambodia founded in 2009. (PM/EAP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 59,876 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 64. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Idaho families in Fiscal Year 2014: 39. The Office of Children's Issues 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»

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Yellowstone National Park (with Montana and Wyoming). (IO)

    • Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Idaho: 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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