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Notes to Principal Financial Statements

FY 2008 Financial Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2008

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Congress established the U.S. Department of State (“Department of State” or “Department”), the senior executive department of the United States Government in 1789, replacing the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was established in 1781. The Department advises the President in the formulation and execution of foreign policy. As head of the Department, the Secretary of State is the President’s principal advisor on foreign affairs.

The following are the 18 notes to the principal financial statements:

Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Note 2. Assets

Note 3. Fund Balances with Treasury

Note 4. Investments

Note 5. Accounts and Loans Receivable, Net

Note 6. Cash and Other Monetary Assets

Note 7. Property and Equipment, Net

Note 8. Other Assets

Note 9. Liabilities

Note 10. Foreign Service Retirement Actuarial Liability

Note 11. Liabilities to International Organizations

Note 12. Leases

Note 13. Commitments and Contingencies

Note 14. Earmarked Funds

Note 15. Statement of Net Cost

Note 16. Statement of Budgetary Resources

Note 17. Custodial Activity

Note 18. Reconciliation of Net Cost of Operations to Budget

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