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

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

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, 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 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 Washington, approximately 391,000 U.S. jobs were supported by goods exports (2014) and foreign direct investment supported 102,000 U.S. jobs (2013). This resulted in $86.4 billion in goods exports from Washington (2015). (EB) More»

    • Washington-based Weyerhaeuser, a renewable forest-product company, won the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence in Environmental Sustainability for its work in Uruguay. Weyerhaeuser Productos S.A. built a 100 percent clean-energy facility capable of supplying electricity to 40,000 residents, launched a project certified to remove an average of 56,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, and has been recognized as a “Project of National Interest” by the government of Uruguay. (EB) 

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $11.4 billion between Boeing and Fly Dubai for the largest ever purchase of Boeing aircraft for the Middle East. (EB) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State granted $298,000 to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»

    • Three of the 2015-2016 Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows are from Washington. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. More information on the partnership is available here. (S/GP)

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed nearly $88 million to the State of Washington by participating in the Pacific Salmon Commission and more than $10 million by participating in the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The organizations 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)

    • U.S. Consul General Shanghai joined the Agriculture Trade Office to welcome the first shipment of U.S. pears (valued at over $100,000) to China, representing new market opportunities for pear producers in California, Oregon and Washington. (EAP/EB) More»

    • Washington hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $5 million to the Washington economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • 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»

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

    • Lifecycle Solutions & Interconnection, a company founded by partners from Washington and Colombia, was one of sixteen finalists in the La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. (WHA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State supported the U.S. 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) More»

    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received $90,288 from the U.S. Department of State through 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 research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

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

  • Education

    • NFL Super Bowl Champion, Author, and Disability Rights Advocate, Derrick L. Coleman, Jr. was among the speakers at a special on-the-record press briefing in observance of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More»

    • 85 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Washington were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Medical Education Partnership Initiative Grant: University of Washington and the University of Maryland –Baltimore for Strengthening Medical Education for Improved Health Outcomes in Kenya. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department of State provided grant funding to Washington community colleges to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi. The program helps raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • Student and staff exchange between Spokane Falls Community College and the Central Institute of Technology in South Africa. Such exchanges with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 620 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»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security has partnered with Washington State University as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab program, which offers U.S. universities and research institutions the opportunity to tackle global agriculture and food security challenges. (S/GFS) More»

    • Washington State University and Assam Agricultural University, India, received a $250,000 award from The Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to engineer enzymes for heat tolerance in rice. (SCA) More»

    • 76 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in Washington through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • The Department of State hosted an International Virtual College Fair in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The University of Washington-Seattle, and Washington State University participated in the virtual fair. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The University of Washington is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s 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. Learn more about Diplomacy Lab here. (S/GP)

    • Microsoft (headquartered in Redmond), USAID, and the Government of the Philippines were recognized for their TV White Space partnership to use an innovative technology to extend Internet access to remote coastal communities in support of government efforts to register fisherfolk and sustainably manage the nation’s fisheries. The partnership was one of five finalists for the 2nd annual P3 Impact Award. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2014 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways, seeking to highlight best practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. More information on the P3 Impact Award can be found here and the five 2015 finalists here. (S/GP)

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 2,548. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental 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»

    • 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. More on EcoPartnerships. (EAP/OES)

    • Washington hosted 15 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Health Leadership International (HLI) is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides sustainable medical training to rural healthcare providers in Laos. Utilizing a train-the-trainer model, HLI teaches Laotian physician co-trainers the skills needed to train future generations of health care workers. HLI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY 2014. (PM) More»

    • The Department facilitates the Washington National Guard State Partnership Program with the Kingdom of Thailand founded in 2002. (PM/EAP) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) awarded the University of Washington School of Law (UWLS) approximately $18 million to bring selected Afghan Law and Shari’a public university faculties to participate in the LL.M., Ph.D. and visiting scholar programs. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly$1 million to the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology forensic lab to conduct DNA analysis from major elephant ivory seizures across the globe. The results were published in the June 2015 edition of SCIENCE. This information has assisted in identifying key poaching hot spots in Africa – finding that there are far fewer hotspots than anticipated – and to better utilize limited resources for law enforcement. (INL) More»

    • Museums Connect Cultural Exchange partnership between Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle) and the Palawan State University Museum (Philippines) – Ancient Shores, Changing Tides: Developing Local Archaeological Heritage Expertise. (ECA) More»

    • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Adnan Mahmud, co-founder of the online fundraising company Jolkona, travelled to Indonesia to meet with Indonesian scholars, students, and young entrepreneurs. Mr. Mahmud shared his experiences of starting and growing a social enterprise in Asia, and emphasized that social entrepreneurship careers do well while doing good. Approximately ten young Indonesians will be selected to receive two weeks of coaching and then travel to Seattle to pitch their business plans to American companies. (IIP/EAP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 347,570. (CA) More»

    • The Seattle Passport Agency comprises 43 government employees and 21 contract employees. (CA) More»

    • 164 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Washington families in Fiscal Year 2014: 207. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

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

    • 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»