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

Fast Fact

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer and former U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil are alumni of one of the Department’s flagship international exchange programs, the American Council of Young Political Leaders; U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes was a Fulbright student.

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 7,074 Maryland exporters in 2013, 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Maryland exports totaled $12.2 billion. Those exports supported 59,650 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The Department of State granted $145,000 to Array Information Technology in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»

    • One of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows is from Maryland. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh assisted Maryland company Ellicott Dredges supplying two dredgers valued at $22.59 million to the Bangladesh Water Development Board. (SCA) More»

    • U.S. Embassy Bangladesh assisted Maryland company Space Partnership International in signing a $10 million consultancy deal with the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to design and launch the first-ever satellite. (SCA) More»

    • Maryland hosted 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 $15 million to the economy of Maryland through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Three partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Belize, Brazil, and Mexico. (WHA) More»

    • AndesBeat, a company founded by partners from Maryland and Chile, and Ingenia Group, founded by partners from Maryland and Mexico, were among the sixty semi-finalists in the La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. (WHA/GP) More»

    • The Department of State has a contract with the University of Maryland to assist with the Department’s annual country reports on terrorism. (CT) More»

    • The URS Corporation received $1,497,638 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 Maryland. (HR)

  • Education

    • 96 Scholars and Students from Maryland were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Elise Kleinwaks): 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»

    • A high school student from Maryland participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)

    • 297 exchange visitors from overseas visited Maryland and 280 Maryland residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange program between Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (North Brentwood) and the Museu Afro-Brasil (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – A Journey through the African Diaspora. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to develop new INL-specific curriculum for training international partners. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to provide three training courses to Paraguayan correctional officers on correctional management and organizational change, human resource management and staff development, and advanced correctional management. (INL) More»

    • The Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office deployed a prosecutor to help conduct a workshop in Accra, Ghana on international minimum standards for prisoners, alternatives to incarceration, and sentencing guidelines with the support of a UN corrections advisor. (INL) More»

    • 68 Brazilian students attended Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University and University of Maryland College Park 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 Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair 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. Mount St. Mary’s University participated in the Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Johns Hopkins - Stellenbosch U. (South Africa) Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative. (S/GAC) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: Johns Hopkins, UC San Diego, Emory, and U. of Wisconsin assist Ethiopia in improving medical education and retention. (S/GAC) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Maryland hosted 26 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of the Foreign Policy Advisor program has one Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) position assigned to U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) based out of Fort Meade. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»

    • The National Aquarium in Baltimore was one of twelve hosts for the 2nd annual Fishackathon, which took place in June 2015. Fishackathon is a public-private partnership launched by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) to use technology to create innovative solutions for the sustainable management of fisheries and the protection of our oceans. The annual Fishackathon event calls on coders from all around the world to come together for a weekend of work to create new applications, tools, and prototypes that will be deployed on multiple platforms to help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing. Learn more about Fishackathon here. (S/GP)

    • Catholic Relief Services (CRS), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, carries out work to reduce the risk of injury and death from unexploded ordnance and landmines in Vietnam. CRS received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY 2014. CRS trained more than 55,000 Vietnamese children and 79,000 teachers, parents, and community members in mine risk education and directly assisted landmine survivors. (PM) More»

    • Handicap International (HI), headquartered in Silver Spring, works with persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in situations of conflict, disaster, exclusion, and extreme poverty. HI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY 2014 to support its implementation of mine action programs. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 1,453. 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 Maryland National Guard State Partnership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina founded in 2003 as well as with Estonia founded in 1993. (PM) More»

    • The University of Maryland (UMD) and the University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Russia, have jointly created the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor to foster partnership between the two regions, with a focus on commercialization of biomedical technologies. (EUR) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center hosted nearly 40 journalists on a trip to Maryland to learn about U.S. medical and humanitarian assistance as well as the culture of volunteering in America. (PA)

    • Maryland’s Global Communities received a $750,000 grant to help strengthen and implement Honduras’s new anti-trafficking law, improve coordination of the country’s interagency anti-trafficking network, administer sub grants to build protection services, and create a national data collection system. (J/TIP) More»

    • $450,000 was awarded to Catholic Relief Services in Maryland to implement a project in Albania to enhance victim protection and conduct trainings on investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 301,107. (CA) More»

    • 197 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Maryland families in Fiscal Year 2014: 158. 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»

    • Diplomatic Security Washington, D.C. Field Office serves Maryland: 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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