Idaho

Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Idaho state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Idaho state flag © Public Domain

Diplomatic
Fast Fact

Read how former Idaho Senator William E. Borah played an integral part in the convening of the Washington Naval Conference (1921-1922), at which the world's largest naval powers gathered to discuss naval disarmament and ways to relieve growing tensions in East Asia. More»

The State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • Idaho hosted 1,309 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, Idaho-based companies received approval to export $18,428,135 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Idaho National Laboratory received $209,651 from the Department of State to invest in the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $22,000 to Idaho’s economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»
  • Idaho National Laboratory received $209,651 from the Department of State to invest in the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Ensuring robust populations of Pacific salmon has been a long-standing concern of residents of Idaho, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. For both tribal and non-tribal stakeholders, maintaining opportunities to harvest salmon in the Pacific Northwest has economic, social, cultural, and ecological significance. The Pacific Salmon Treaty, was signed between Canada and the United States to establish long-term goals for the benefit of the salmon resources that are shared by our countries. The Pacific Salmon Commission is the body formed by the governments of Canada and the United States to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty. A senior-level representative from the OES Office of Marine Conservation considers the interests of state and tribal stakeholders, while serving as a Federal commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission. In this capacity, the Federal commissioner plays an active role in negotiating outcomes with Canadian colleagues that consider economic and cultural harvest opportunities while balancing the long-term sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks. (OES)
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $3.9 billion (2017) support approximately 22,437 Idahoan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Idaho supports an additional 17,500 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Idaho. (HR)
  • Education

  • 4 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Idaho were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 7 international students received a Fulbright to study in Idaho in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Stewart Devine): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»
  • 3,733 international higher education students studied abroad in Idaho in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 159 exchange visitors from overseas visited Idaho, and 107 Idaho residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 628. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Idaho National Guard State Partnership Program with Cambodia founded in 2009. (PM/EAP) More»
  • Idaho residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 448 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 85,739. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 63. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 49 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Idaho. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA/OCS) More»
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Yellowstone National Park (with Montana and Wyoming). (IO)
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the San Francisco Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Idaho. (DSS) More»