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United States Department of State
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Agency overview
Formed July 27, 1789; 231 years ago (1789-07-27)
Preceding agency
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
Type Executive department
Jurisdiction U.S. federal government
Headquarters Harry 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
Employees 13,885 Foreign Service employees
10,171 Civil Service employees
49,734 local employees
Annual budget $47.5 billion (FY 2015; including $26.5 billion for State and $21.0 billion for international assistance)
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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.


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