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Our Mission

The Office of Policy and Public Outreach (PPO) coordinates Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) work throughout the Department of State and connects the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) to the public. From the ocean floor to outer space, we coordinate ESTH policy and tell a compelling story to achieve OES priorities and secure American interests.

U.S. Department of State

Welcome to the new State.gov

Our new design makes it easier to find and learn about the State Department’s programs and services—from passports and visas to learning how U.S. diplomacy benefits the American people.