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

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

Idaho

  • 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 190,000 Idaho jobs with customers in 184 countries and territories buying Idaho-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $6.5 billion in goods exports (2012) and $1.5 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • Idaho hosted 1,149 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 U.S. Embassy Moscow and ConGen St. Petersburg hosted Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and his delegation of 50+ for commercial discussions with Russian business representatives. (EUR) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs contributed nearly $25,000 to Idaho’s economy with manufacturing opportunities that provided jobs and produced products and services 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 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 your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Harry Thomas): 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»

    • 57 exchange visitors from overseas visited Idaho and 83 Idaho residents travelled overseas, including nine Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 25 Idaho citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 21 Idaho families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

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

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

  • Partnerships

    • Idaho welcomed 920 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 Idaho National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2009 with Cambodia. (PM/EAP) More»

    • The Office of Foreign Missions regional office in San Francisco serves Idaho 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

    • 49,392 passports were issued to Idaho residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 64 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Idaho. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 39 overseas adoptions for Idaho 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»

    • Idaho welcomed over 29,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.1% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Field Office serves Idaho: 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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