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

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Learn more about the Department’s role in the Annexation of Texas.

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 41,558 Texas exporters in 2013, 93% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Texas exports totaled $288 billion. Those exports supported 1,117,318 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Flights between Dallas and China with an estimated impact of $205 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Bureaus of Economic and Business Affairs and East Asian and Pacific Affairs. (EB/EAP) More»

    • Flights between Dallas and Madrid with an estimated impact of $100 million were made possible by an Open Skies agreement negotiated by the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (EB) More»

    • The Department supports the SelectUSA initiative, which facilitated a $34 million investment in Texas with India’s Jyoti Industries, which created over 150 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»

    • Texas hosted 11,735 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 contributed more than $33 million to the Texas economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $36,000 to Texas-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

    • 20 partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. (WHA) More»

    • Enova and HERNAN, two companies founded by partners from Texas and Mexico, and VOS Flips, founded by partners from Texas and Guatemala, were among sixteen 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) More»

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

  • Education

    • 133 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Texas were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Floyd Cable – Central Texas, Anne Callaghan – Northwest Texas, John Roberts – Southeast Texas): 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»

    • 656 exchange visitors from overseas visited Texas and 498 Texas residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Office of Global Food Security has partnered with the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas A&M University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS)

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded Rice University a $1.1 million grant to work with Tunisia on technology commercialization. (OES)

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs awarded the University of Texas at Austin a $166,000 grant to work with Turkey on technology commercialization. (OES) More»

    • University of Texas at Austin received a $2 million grant to establish two university partnerships in Pakistan in the social sciences and music for three years. (SCA)

    • Southern Methodist University received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in Pakistan in psychology for three years. (SCA) More»

    • The University of North Texas received a $1 million grant to establish a university partnership in Pakistan in Linguistics, English Literature, and English Teaching. (SCA) More»

    • 120 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Texas through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and 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»

    • U.S. Department of State selected the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA) to create course content for the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute’s Oil and Gas course. The PESA's Foreign and Civil Service Officer Energy Industry Training Program, created in 1993, trains foreign service officers responsible for oil and gas issues stationed in American embassies. PESA member companies offer their facilities and personnel to teach the officers every facet of the energy industry, from seismic to refining. The three-day session utilizes site visits, plant tours and panel presentations as well as visits to industry-supported educational facilities such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science Weiss Energy Exhibit. (ENR) 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Texas-Tyler participated in the Virtual College Fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (Austin) and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development, with assistance from Conoco Phillips, to produce cross-industry material reuse opportunities. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Energy Future Holdings (Dallas) and China Huadian Corporation to pursue sustainable business models for clean energy, particularly in the area of clean coal. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Floating Windfarms Corporation (Houston) and Tangshan Caofeidian New Development Area focusing on offshore windfarm technology. (EAP/OES: Click here for more information on EcoPartnershipsMore»

    • Texas hosted 1,126 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM)  More»

    • Refugee Arrivals: 7,475. 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»

    • Foreign Ambassadors visit Texas as part of the Department’s “Experience America” partnership program. (S/CPR) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange partnerships between the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio) and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan (Merida, Mexico) – Turning the Table: Understanding Cross-Cultural Movements. (ECA) More»

    • The Department facilitates the Texas National Guard State Partnership Program with the Czech Republic founded in 1993 and Chile founded in 2008. (PM) More»

    • The Department of State is a partner with Sister Cities International: Austin, TX – Maseru, Lesotho Sister City program. (AF) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs awarded a grant to the Texas-based Center for American and International Law for about $507,000 in funding to provide mid and executive leadership seminars to members of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (national police). (INL)  More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs continues to partner with the Webb County Sheriff’s Office for police training and programs with foreign police partners. (INL) More»

    • The Washington Foreign Press Center (WFPC) hosted nearly 100 journalists on tours to Fort Hood, Fort Bragg and El Paso to learn about a U.S. military deployment homecoming and a U.S. military exercise; the journalists additionally visited Austin and Houston to learn about youth in politics. (PA) More»

    • $240,000 was awarded to the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid to expand its network to assist underserved and potential victims of human trafficking in Northern Mexico with multidisciplinary services. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 961,826 (CA) More»

    • The Dallas Passport Agency comprises 27 government employees and 13 contract employees. The El Paso Passport Agency comprises 14 government employees and 13 contract employees. The Houston Passport Agency comprises 102 government employees and 45 contract employees. In total, the three passport agencies employ 143 government and 71 contract staff. (CA)

    • 441 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Texas families in 2012: 616. 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: 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 – Resident Offices: Dallas and El Paso Investigative Field OfficesMore»

    • U.S. Department of State published a pamphlet, “Austin, Texas: Fiercely Independent Live Music Capital” to encourage trade and tourism by sharing its history, culture, and climate with 1,503 Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish language speakers. (IIP) More»


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