Notes to Principal Financial Statements
Congress established the U.S. Department of State ("Department of State" or "Department"), the senior executive department of the United States Government in 1789, replacing the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was established in 1781. The Department advises the President in the formulation and execution of foreign policy. As head of the Department, the Secretary of State is the President's principal advisor on foreign affairs. The Department's primary objective is to promote the security and well-being of the United States.
The following are the twenty two notes to the principal financial statements: