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

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U.S. Reps. Derek Kilmer and Cathy McMorris Rodgers are alumni of one of the Department’s 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 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 12,646 Washington exporters in 2013, 90% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, the state of Washington exports totaled $90.5 billion. Those exports supported 390,690 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $11.4 billion between Boeing and Fly Dubai for the largest ever purchase of Boeing aircraft for the Middle East. (EB) More»

    • Consul General of the U.S. Consulate Shanghai joined the Agriculture Trade Office to welcome the first shipment of U.S. pears (valued at over $100,000) to China, representing new market opportunities for pear producers in California, Oregon and Washington. (EAP/EB) More»

    • Washington hosted 4,525 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 $3.5 million to the Washington economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $28 million to the State of Washington by participating in the Pacific Salmon Commission, and more than $6 million to the State of Washington by participating in the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which ensures the maintenance of sustainable populations of Pacific salmon and Pacific halibut and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. (OES)

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs helped facilitate $250,000 in funding from Japan and NOAA to the State of Washington Military Department and nearly $480,000 to the Olympic National Park as well as the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (OES/EAP) More»

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

    • Lifecycle Solutions & Interconnection, a company founded by partners from Washington and Colombia, was one of 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»

    • The U.S. Department of State supported the U.S. Department of Energy Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER) training center in Richland, Washington, by giving $815,788 in U.S. Department of State Export Control Cooperation funds to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Radiation Detection Academy to provide training to international partner country officials. (ISN) More»

    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received $90,288 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 Washington. (HR)

  • Education

    • NFL Super Bowl Champion, Author, and Disability Rights Advocate, Derrick L. Coleman, Jr. is among speakers at a special on-the-record press briefing in observance of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More»

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

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Lewis Lukens): 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»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: University of Maryland –Baltimore and University of Washington partnership – Strengthening Medical Education for Improved Health Outcomes in Kenya. (S/GAC) More»

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

    • Student and staff exchange between Spokane Falls Community College and the Central Institute of Technology in South Africa. Such exchanges with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

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

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Washington State 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) More»

    • Washington State University and Assam Agricultural University, India, received a $250,000 award from The Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to engineer enzymes for heat tolerance in rice. (SCA) More»

    • 76 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Washington 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 that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The University of Washington-Seattle; and Washington State University participated in the virtual fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 2,414. 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»

    • Washington hosted 15 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • The Department facilitates the Washington National Guard State Partnership Program with the Kingdom of Thailand founded in 2002. (PM/EAP) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, whose assistant director and deputy director traveled to Thailand to address criminal justice curriculum development. (INL/EAP) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange partnership between Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle) and the Palawan State University Museum (Philippines) – Ancient Shores, Changing Tides: Developing Local Archaeological Heritage Expertise. (ECA) More»

    • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Adnan Mahmud, co-founder of the online fundraising company Jolkona, travelled to Indonesia to meet with Indonesian scholars, students, and young entrepreneurs. Mr. Mahmud shared his experiences of starting and growing a social enterprise in Asia, and emphasized that social entrepreneurship careers do well while doing good. Approximately ten young Indonesians will be selected to receive two weeks of coaching and then travel to Seattle to pitch their business plans to American companies. (IIP/EAP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued: 303,820 (CA) More»

    • The Seattle Passport Agency comprises 43 government employees and 21 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • 164 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Washington families in 2012: 320. 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 San Francisco Field Office serves Washington: 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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