Assistance and Support Resources

General Information

Bureaus and Offices:  alphabetical listing of bureaus and offices.
Information Directory:  telephone listings, foreign service post information, references, regulations, and supplemental information.

International Resources and Assistance
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs'  mission is to promote economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. The Bureau’s work lies at the critical nexus of economic prosperity and national security. As the single point where international economic policy tools and threads converge, we help promote a coherent economic policy across the U.S. government.  This administration's economic leadership has resulted in an impressive record of positive change. EB accomplishes its mission through a “Total Economic Engagement” approach that strategically analyzes and employs all of the economic engagement tools of the U.S. government. On this site you will find links and resources for all of these tools and the ways the U.S. Department of State and EB are engaged to implement U.S. foreign economic policy. The Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, headed by the Assistant Secretary, is divided into the following sections covering the following seven areas:

International Communications and Information Policy (EB/CIP)
International Finance and Development (EB/IFD) 
Trade Policy and Programs (EB/TPP) 
Transportation Affairs (EB/TRA) 
Commercial & Business Affairs (EB/CBA) 
Economic Policy Analysis & Public Diplomacy (EB/EPPD)
Doing Business Abroad FAQs

Domestic Resources and Assistance

Competition in Contracting.  It is the Department of State's policy to maximize competition in contracting under applicable procurement regulations (Federal Acquisition Regulations, etc).  Advertising and competition are mandated by these regulations.  Any questions regarding the competition in contracting practices of the Department should be directed to:

Vincent Sanchez
Competition Advocate

Information Resource Management (IRM) provides the information technology and services the Department needs to successfully carry out is foreign policy mission.  IRM supports long-standing telegram, telephone, mainframe computer and other established information systems.    

U.S. Department of State (DoS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization ensures that all legislatively specific categories of small businesses in our prime contracts and subcontracts are effectively utilized to the maximum extent possible.  Outreach activities include yearly subcontracting workshop/networking session, participation in small business procurement fairs, conferences, etc, sponsores small business fairs for veterans, small businesses, Native American (planning stage), mentor-protegee (pending public comment).

Small Business Regulatory Fairness

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization/Minority Resource Center is the initial point of contact for U.S. small businesses and offers in-depth information about USAID issues.  The office coordinates and manages programs which are designed to ensure increased competitiveness and access to Agency procurement opportunities.

Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) directs the worldwide overseas buildings program for the Department of State and the U.S. Government community serving abroad under the authority of the Chiefs of Mission. 

Office of the Procurement Executive (OPE) provides overall leadership of the procurement and grants functions for the Department.  OPE issues procurement and grants policy, provides quality assurance and statistical reporting, and appoints contracting officers and grant officers.

Office of Acquisition Management (AQM) provides a full range of professional contract management services to domestic and overseas Department operations.  These services include acquisition planning, contract negotiations, cost and price analysis, and contract administration to customers worldwide.  The office provides acquisition training assistance to the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.  This includes providing acquisition expertise to develop policies, standards, and procedures for the implementation of worldwide contracting and business agreement activities.  AQM manages about two billion dollars a year in acquisitions and grants, including construction projects in conjunction with the Overseas Buildings Operations; interagency agreements; information technology; international relations support; grants; and regional and functional bureaus' requirements. 

Business Opportunities
Security Assistance

Bureau of Diplomatic Security investigates passport and visa fraud, conducts personnel security investigations, and issues security clearances.

Security Clearances

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Office of Information Resources Management Programs and Services (IPS) is the primary point of contact for anyone seeking access to Department records.  This office is responsible for ensuring the Department is in compliance with a wide range of statutory and administrative requirements including the Federal Records Act, FOIA, EFOIA, the Privacy Act, Executive Order 12958, and Ethics in Government.

U.S. Department of State Freedom of Information Act
Contact Information


Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) controls the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions List (USML).  This office has among its primary missions:  taking final action on license applications for defense trade exports and handling matters related to defense trade compliance, enforcement, and reporting.

Applying for an Import/Export License 
Contact Information
D-Trade Information Center

Additional Information

Other Resources:  links to other sites that can assist small businesses.