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The Office of Language Services carries on a tradition of language support for the conduct of foreign policy that dates back to 1789, when it was founded by Thomas Jefferson, the first Secretary of State of the United States of America.

Our professional diplomatic interpreters and translators work with staff project managers and hundreds of carefully tested and vetted independent contract interpreters and translators to ensure support in every language required by the White House, the State Department, and our other federal clients. We support the conduct of diplomacy and foreign affairs as well as foreign assistance and exchanges programs.

The Office of Language Services (A/OPR/LS) provides interpreting, translating and other language services for the White House and for the Department of State, including commissions and entities under their jurisdiction, and international events or conferences in which they participate. By special written agreement, language services may be provided to other agencies on a reimbursable basis. (6 FAM 1510)

For more information regarding our services, please visit our interpreting and translating pages.

U.S. Department of State

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