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The Department protects the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas and strengthens U.S. border security through the vigilant management of the U.S. passport and visa program. Passport services provides accurate and secure U.S. passports, responds effectively to the needs of U.S. passport customers, and strengthens management and delivery capabilities. The Department currently operates 28 domestic passport agencies. In addition, there are currently more than 8,400 acceptance facilities nationwide that are designated to accept passport applications.
The Department's passport service operations support strategic goal number seven: build a 21st Century workforce; and achieve U.S. Government operational and consular efficiency and effectiveness, transparency and accountability; and a secure U.S. Government presence internationally. Looking ahead, the Department is developing a new travel document called "The Next Generation Passport" as part of the ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the Department's secure travel documents.