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

Fast Fact

The U.S. recognized Papua New Guinea in Sept. 1975 when Robert D. Ray, former Iowa Governor and personal representative to President Ford, presented a letter to that effect from the President to the Government of Papua New Guinea at its independence ceremonies. 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 3,420 Iowa exporters in 2013, 83% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Iowa exports totaled $15.1 billion. Those exports supported 107,366 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Iowa hosted 1,822 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

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

  • Education

    • Fulbright Scholarship Awards: 33 Scholars and Students from Iowa (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Neus): 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»

    • The Department of State provided grant funding to Iowa community colleges to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi, Kenya. The program helps raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • Information sharing and course collaboration between Dordt College and North-West University in South Africa, as well as fine arts consultation, research, testing and staff exchanges between the University of Iowa and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Such collaboration, consultation and exchanges with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 447 exchange visitors from overseas visited Iowa and 221 Iowa residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 57 Brazilian students attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa 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»

    • Grand View University 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

    • The Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies, including DuPont Pioneer headquartered in Iowa, as part of the Feed the Future program. (S/GFS) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 598. 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 Iowa National Guard State Partnership Program with the Republic of Kosovo founded in 2011. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 93,736 (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 118 (CA) More»

    • 114 Iowan families participated in overseas adoptions 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»

    • Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Iowa: 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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