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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Oklahoma state seal © Public Domain
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Current U.S. Reps. Tom Cole and Joe Dorman, current Attorney General Scott Pruitt, former Governor Brad Henry and former Oklahoma Senate Member Kenneth Corn are all former alumni of a Department flagship international educational exchange program, the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 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.

Oklahoma

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. International trade supports more than 390,000 Oklahoma jobs with customers in 191 countries buying Oklahoma-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $6.8 billion in goods exports (2012) and $3.8 billion in service exports (2011), saving the average Oklahoma family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated ASCO Industries, a Belgian company’s $73 million investment in Oklahoma which created 380 new jobs. SelectUSA is a President Obama initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • Oklahoma hosted 1,544 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Three partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with the following countries: Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. (WHA) More»

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

  • Education

    • 19 Scholars and Students from Oklahoma were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Robert Andrew): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 291 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oklahoma and 160 Oklahoma residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 60 Brazilian students studied at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector that 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 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 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following school participated: Oklahoma State University of Technology. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Oklahoma hosted 70 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 300. 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 facilitates the Oklahoma National Guard State Partnership Program with Azerbaijan founded in 2002. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 95,038 (CA) More»

    • 83 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Oklahoma families in 2012: 86. 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 Houston Field Office serves Oklahoma: 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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