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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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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.


  • 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 850,000 Washington jobs with customers in 214 countries and territories buying Washington-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $65.0 billion in goods exports (2012) and $24.0 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the fields of information and communication technologies that has provided an estimated $30 million to the state of Washington. (EB) More»

    • The Consul General of the U.S. Consulate Shanghai joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 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. (EB/EAP) More»

    • The Department’s Seattle Passport Agency employs 64 government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Washington hosted 4,868 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 International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $3.5 million to the Washington economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $3 million to the Pacific Salmon Commission, and more than $5 million to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which ensures the maintenance of sustainable populations of Pacific Salmon and Pacific Halibut and harvest opportunities by Washington State’s over $2.7billion fishing industry. (OES) More»

    • The Department’s 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»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program, three partnership plans were created with Washington organizations with the following countries: Canada and Peru. (WHA) More»

    • Lifecycle Solutions & Interconnection, a company founded by partners from Washington and Colombia, was among sixteen finalists through the Department sponsored 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 expand their businesses. (Click here to learn about the semifinalists: Allfreed; MovingWorlds) (WHA/GPI) More»

    • The Department facilitated the United States’ 2012 Memorandum of Understanding with Serbia which expanded trade and investment opportunities with technology companies in Washington State. (EUR) 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 in Washington received $90,288 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 (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»

    • The Department awarded a Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant to a University of Maryland –Baltimore and University of Washington partnership on 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»

    • The Department supported student and staff exchanges 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»

    • 364 exchange visitors from overseas visited Washington and 1,321 Washington residents travelled overseas, including 85 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 1,209 Washington citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 65 Washington families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security partnered with Washington State University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

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

    • 76 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Washington 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»

    • The University of Washington-Seattle and Washington State University participated in the Department of State’s 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 numerous countries in attendance that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

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

    • Washington welcomed 2,414 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 facilitates the Washington National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 2002 with the Kingdom of Thailand. (PM/EAP) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partnered with the American Alliance of Museums on the Museums Connect Cultural Exchange between Burke Museum of Natural History (Seattle) and Palawan State University Museum (Philippines) – Ancient Shores, Changing Tides: Developing Local Archaeological Heritage Expertise. (ECA) More»

    • The Office of Foreign Missions regional office in San Francisco serves Washington 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

    • 303,820 passports were issued to Washington residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Washington, the Seattle Passport Agency. The Department also receives passport applications through 164 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Washington. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 320 overseas adoptions for Washington 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»

    • Washington welcomed 446,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 1.5% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Field Office serves Washington and has a Resident Office in Seattle: 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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