About the U.S. Department of State

Date: 11/24/2017 Description: Great Seal of the United States. - State Dept Image

About State


On behalf of the American people we promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world.


The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.

Statutory Authority

There shall be at the seat of government an executive department to be known as the "Department of State," and a Secretary of State, who shall be the head thereof. More»