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  • Idaho hosted 1,460 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) 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. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) 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. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) More
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributes to Idaho’s economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) 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. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) More
  • 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. In 2018, goods exported totaled $4 billion. Those exports supported approximately 22,437 Idahoan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Idaho supports an additional 15,400 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $975 million to the economy of the state of Idaho for potatoes and another $577 million for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like beans, peppermint, apples, peaches, and others. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Idaho. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More

Education

  • Four Scholars, Students and Teachers from Idaho were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 5 international students received a Fulbright to study in Idaho. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More
  • Ten students from Idaho received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More
  • 3,574 international higher education students studied abroad in Idaho. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More
  • 160 exchange visitors from overseas visited Idaho and 116 Idaho residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More
  • Boise State University and Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito (Colombia) are partnering to design a bilateral exchange to overcome barriers to study abroad in the field of engineering. The program aims to expand the study abroad capacity at Boise State and La Escuela’s research capacity and students’ readiness for advanced studies in the United States by developing a short-term, faculty-led program that will provide global learning opportunities to economically-disadvantaged, female engineering students and students of minority ethnic backgrounds. These exchanges form 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More

Partnerships

  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) More
  • The Department of State facilitates the Idaho National Guard State Partnership Program with Cambodia founded in 2009. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More
  • 82 Idaho residents hosted or supported 116 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 1,880 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More
  • 12 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Idaho on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) More
  • Idaho, along with its West Coast neighbors, has had a long-standing interest in Pacific salmon populations and their economic, social, cultural, and ecological significance. To address those concerns, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, signed between the United States and Canada in 1985, established long-term goals for the management of salmon resources shared by our countries. The Treaty includes agreement between the United States and Canada to form and maintain the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) to ensure Treaty goals are met. The State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) is involved in the work of the Commission, along with state and tribal Commissioners. In this capacity, the State Department plays an active role in negotiating with Canadian colleagues for outcomes that balance harvest opportunities with the long-term sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks. This work ultimately has a positive impact on Idaho and its residents. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More
  • A researcher from Boise State University received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for a joint research project with an Israeli scientist. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 86,038. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 63. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs issued visas to 30 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. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Yellowstone National Park (with Montana and Wyoming). More
  • Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Idaho: 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. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security) More

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