United States Department of State

executive department of the U.S. federal government

The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign policy agency of the United States government, similar to foreign ministries, foreign offices, ministries of external relations, etc. in other countries. It is administered by the Secretary of State.

United States Department of State
Seal of the department
Flag of the department
Agency overview
FormedJuly 27, 1789; 234 years ago (1789-07-27)
Preceding agency
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
TypeExecutive department
JurisdictionU.S. federal government
HeadquartersHarry S Truman Building
2201 C Street
Northwest, Washington, D.C., U.S.
38°53′39″N 77°2′54″W / 38.89417°N 77.04833°W / 38.89417; -77.04833
Employees13,885 Foreign Service employees
10,171 Civil Service employees
49,734 local employees[1]
Annual budget$47.5 billion (FY 2015; including $26.5 billion for State and $21.0 billion for international assistance)[2]
Agency executives


  1. Foreign Service local employees. "What We Do: Mission". Archived from the original on September 22, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  2. Office of Management and Budget. "Table 5.2—Budget Authority by Agency: 1976–2021". Obama White House Archives. US government. Retrieved March 1, 2017.