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U.S. Department of State In


United States Idaho


Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

  • 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. – More: 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • 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. – More: 
  • 12 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Idaho on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. – More: 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • 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. – 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. – More: 

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of International Organization Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

  • 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. – More: 

Jobs and Economy

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

  • 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). – More: 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • 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. – More: 

Bureau of Global Talent Management

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 4 active participants from the state of Idaho. – More: 


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Global Talent Management

  • 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. – More: 

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • 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. – More: 

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