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

Fast Fact

U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer and Cathy McMorris Rodgers are alumni of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program, one of the Department’s international educational exchange programs. More»

The State Department benefits 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

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from the state of Washington totaled $86.4 billion, which supported 375,009 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • Ensuring robust populations of Pacific salmon has been a long-standing concern of residents of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. 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 U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ 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) More»

    • Pacific halibut are vital to the economic well-being of coastal communities of Washington and Alaska and have been managed by a bilateral treaty with Canada since 1923. The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), established by the treaty, provides scientific and management advice that has maintained a stable fishery and prevented stock and environmental problems that can occur when fish stocks are shared between countries. Alaska’s oldest halibut fleet, in Petersburg, has worked collaboratively with the IPHC to manage the resource for over 80 years. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ Office of Marine Conservation works in close coordination with stakeholders from Alaska and Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to ensure that management decisions are based on scientific advice that advances U.S. economic interests. (OES) More»

    • The Seattle Passport Agency comprises 63 government employees and 28 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State granted $447,000 to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»

    • Washington hosted 5,365 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Washington. (HR)

  • Education

    • 48 scholars, students and teachers from Washington were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 79 international students received a Fulbright to study in Washington. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service officers assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 28,624 international higher education students studied abroad in Washington. (ECA) More»

    • 624 exchange visitors from overseas visited Washington and 280 Washington residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 15 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Washington on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between UniEnergy Technologies and Rongke Power focusing on delivering large-scale vanadium flow batteries to enable increasing penetration of renewable energy. Learn more about EcoPartnerships here. (EAP/OES) More»

    • $700,000 was awarded to World Vision for a three-year project to improve victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases and enhance victim protection in Burma. (J/TIP) More»

    • Two partnership plans were created with Canada and Peru under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program. (WHA) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 3,233. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices 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. (PRM) More»

    • 949 Washington residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • Washington hosts students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 437,665. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 170. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 172 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Washington. Intercountry adoption is one of 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. Learn more. (CA)

    • Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO)

    • The Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Washington. Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»