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South Carolina


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

Fast Fact

Two former Secretaries of State were South Carolina residents: John Caldwell Calhoun and James Francis Byrnes.

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.

South Carolina

  • 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 550,000 South Carolina jobs with customers in 199 countries and territories buying South Carolina-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $25.4 billion in goods exports (2012) and $4.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated Carbures, a Spanish company’s $6.5 million investment in South Carolina which is expected to create 50 new jobs, and facilitated Crescent Dairy and Beverage LLC’s $30 million investment in South Carolina which created 60 new jobs. SelectUSA is an initiative that promotes and facilitates investment in the United States as an engine for job growth and economic development. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Charleston Passport Center employs 416 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • South Carolina hosted 4,303 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 Department’s Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services is headquartered in Charleston. CGFS Services is ISO-9001:2008 certified and provides the Department’s core financial services. It supports nearly 24/7 financial services to the Department, USAID, and more than 45 federal entities worldwide. CGFS is active in recruiting at local colleges and universities. (CGFS) More»

    • The Department invested more than $1.4 million in human resources for its Charleston Service Center. (M/DGHR) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $500,000 to the South Carolina economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • U.S. Department of State was at the forefront of interagency U.S. Government advocacy leading to General Electric winning its largest power agreement in company history, approximately $2.7 billion with SPE, an affiliate of Sonelgaz – Algeria’s national electricity and gas company. Through this agreement, the majority of equipment will be exported from South Carolina and New York, with input from suppliers throughout the United States. (ENR) More»

    • South Carolina’s Savannah River National Laboratory received $45,056 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 (Rich Jaworski): 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»

    • 85 exchange visitors from overseas visited South Carolina and 198 South Carolina residents travelled overseas, including 29 Scholars and Students who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

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

    • 16 South Carolina families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 44 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in South Carolina through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends101,000 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»

  • Partnerships

    • South Carolina hosted 67 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • South Carolina welcomed 148 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 South Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2012 with Colombia. (PM) More»

    • The Miami Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves South Carolina 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

    • 237,931 passports were issued to South Carolina residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in South Carolina, the Charleston Passport Center. The Department also receives passport applications through 80 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in South Carolina. (CA)

    • South Carolina welcomed over 148,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 0.5% of the U.S. market.* (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 109 overseas adoptions for South Carolina 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»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Miami Field Office serves South Carolina and has a Resident Office in Charleston: 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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