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Diplomacy: The State Department at Work
The Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency. It advances U.S. objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing the President's foreign policy. The Secretary of State, the ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line of presidential succession, is the President's principal adviser on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for U.S. representation abroad.
U.S. diplomacy is an instrument of power, essential for maintaining effective international relationships, and a principal means through which the United States defends its interests, responds to crises, and achieves its international goals. The Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy, a mission based on the role of the Secretary of State as the President's principal foreign policy adviser.
Plans, Resources, and Reorganization
Department of State plans, resources, and reorganization.
Finance and Management Policy
Develops and maintains the Department of State's financial management policy and systems, as well as the development, oversight, and enhancement of its financial management infrastructure.
Biographies of Senior Officials
Biographies of U.S. Chiefs of Mission
People at State
Employees of the Department of State touch the lives of Americans every day both at home and abroad. The State Department seeks to recognize and share with the public the accomplishments of the people who work here. This is your Department of State.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA)
U.S. Information Agency (USIA)
Key Officers at Foreign Service Posts
Directory of key officers and their telephone and fax numbers from the Departments of State and Commerce, and other U.S. agencies at Foreign Service posts who assist American business representatives around the world.
U.S. Missions Online
List of U.S. embassies, consulates, and other missions with World Wide Web sites.
Foreign Consular Offices in the U.S.
This publication contains a complete and official listing of the foreign consular offices in the United States, and recognized consular officers. A separate publication, the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic List, contains the names of the members of the diplomatic staffs of all missions to the U.S. and their spouses. Both publications are for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Office of Inspector General
The Office of Inspector General is dedicated to improving operations; promoting positive change; and detecting and preventing waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. The Inspector General has reporting responsibilities to both the Secretary of State and the Directors of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the United States Information Service, including the Broadcasting Board of Governors, as well as to the Congress.
An alphabetical listing of country offices at the Department of State. Please use correct Area Code when calling.
This publication contains the names of the members of the diplomatic staffs of all missions and their spouses. Members of the diplomatic staff are the members of the staff of the mission having diplomatic rank. These persons, with the exception of those identified, enjoy full immunity under provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.