Congress established the U.S. Department of State ("Department of State" or "Department"), the senior executive department of the United States Government in 1789. It replaced the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was established in 1781. The Department advises the President in the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy. As head of the Department, the Secretary of State is the President's principal advisor on foreign affairs.
The following are the 20 notes to the principal financial statements: