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

Fast Fact

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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

  • In FY17, Washington-based companies received approval to export $270,066,101 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • In April 2017, Japan’s Kyocera International, Inc. Formally opened a conducted a grand opening ceremony today for a $10 million expansion of its ceramic manufacturing operations in Vancouver, which may lead to 50 new jobs in the coming years. (EAP) More»
  • Washington hosted 5.398 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • U.S. Department of State supported the Department of Energy Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER) training center in Richland, Washington by giving $815,788 in U.S. Department of State, Export Control Cooperation funds to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Radiation Detection Academy to provide training to international partner country officials. (ISN/CTR) More»
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received $577,000 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»
  • Participation by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the Pacific Salmon Commission helps Washington reap the economic benefits of a commercial fisheries worth almost $7 million and over $26 million respectively in dockside landed value in 2016, additional economic impact from activity along the value chain, as well as substantial economic activity in the sport and recreational fishing sector. The Pacific Salmon Commission estimates that the total economic output of salmon fisheries, both commercial and recreational, in Washington is almost $800 million and support over 6,000 full time jobs. These organizations both ensure the maintenance of sustainable populations of fish and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. (OES/OMC)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs helped facilitate $250,000 in funding from Japan and NOAA to the State of Washington Military Department and nearly $480,000 to the Olympic National Park as well as the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (OES/EAP) 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/OMC)
  • 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 have 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 and states that “the health of the Pacific halibut resource is of utmost importance to the fleet and community of Petersburg and that the collaborative effort has been tremendously rewarding and successful.” A senior-level representative from the OES Office of Marine Conservation, works in close coordination with stakeholders from Alaska and Washington and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) colleagues to ensure that management decisions are based on scientific advice that advances U.S. economic interests. (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 $77 billion (2017) support approximately 332,599 Washingtonian jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Washington supports an additional 112,700 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Washington. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter): 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»
  • 32 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Washington were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 81 international students received a Fulbright to study in Washington in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 27,801 international higher education students studied abroad in Washington in academic year 2016-17. (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 in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Colombia) is partnering with Eastern Washington University to develop a program focused on health care and post-conflict studies. It enables students the opportunity to conduct research and provide policy proposals on improving health outcomes and increase access in post-conflict rural settings in Colombia. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA) More»
  • The University of Washington built on an existing partnership with Universidad Mayor Nacional de San Marcos (Peru) with an interdisciplinary service learning exchange program—InterACTION Labs—that allows students and faculty to assess and address health disparities affecting the informal floating community of Claverito, in Iquitos, Peru. The program promotes an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas by engaging students from academic fields traditionally underrepresented in global health. Peruvian students participating in the program will be encouraged to travel to Seattle for skills training, cross-cultural exchange of ideas and technology transfer, fostering the international mobility of students from both participating institutions. The exchange is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public-private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. higher education institutions to team up with their counterparts in the rest of the Western Hemisphere. (WHA) More»
  • Western Washington University (WWU) and Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru) were awarded a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to support ten Peruvian students to study at WWU for a quarter-long exchange where students will study Conservation of Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Management and develop their English skills. The program seeks to improve access to study abroad for underrepresented groups, including women, native Quechua speakers, and rural students. It will also increase professional preparation for Peruvian students through service learning as they work in U.S. National Parks and Forests to collect environmental data. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • University of Washington is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 2,923. 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 U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in Washington to combat human trafficking:
    • $700,000 was awarded to World Vision to improve victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases and enhance victim protection in Burma. (J/TIP) More»
  • 18 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Washington on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Washington residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 21,097 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Health Leadership International (HLI) is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides sustainable medical training to rural healthcare providers in Laos. HLI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY16. Utilizing a train-the-trainer model, HLI teaches Laotian physician co-trainers the skills needed to train future generations of health care workers. More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Washington National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Thailand founded in 2002. (PM) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Washington National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Malaysia founded in 2017. (PM) More»
  • Under the INL Bureau-supported Legal Education Support Program in Afghanistan II (LESPA II), a total of 48 Afghan graduates received their Master of Law degrees and a total of two graduates received their Ph.D.’s at the University of Washington Law School. In 2017, six scholars earned their LL.M. degree and, along with the majority of past graduates, returned to Afghanistan to teach or contribute to the modernization of Afghanistan through positions with the Afghan government. Currently, there are five LL.M. scholars and four Ph.D. scholars pursuing their respective degrees at the UW Law School. (INL) More»
  • INL began informally partnering with the Washington Attorney General’s Office in 2017 when INL supported the training of Colombian prosecutors by the Washington Attorney General’s Office on best practices for prosecuting environmental crimes. INL identified the Washington Attorney General’s Office as an informal partner through its formal partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General. (INL) More»
  • The U.S.-China Ecopartnership between Boeing Co. and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) is developing low cost processing technologies to convert biomass and waste oils (including gutter oil) into sustainable aviation biofuels and increase the operational efficiency of air traffic management. (EAP/OES) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State’s first Zoohackathon occurred on October 7-9, 2016 at three major zoos in the United States, including Seattle. Zoohackathon, organized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, is a public-private partnership that brings together the United States government with the private sector and civil society. The event calls on coders, designers, and science enthusiasts from all around the world to come together over a weekend to create new applications and tools to address issues on the demand side of wildlife trafficking. (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 503,297. (CA) More»
  • The Seattle Passport Agency comprises 85 government employees and 28 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • 156 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 176 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Washington. 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»
  • Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (IO) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of 21 domestic resident offices in Seattle, Washington. Regional responsibility includes 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) More»