The U.S. Department of State (State Department) is an executive department within the federal government that deals with international foreign relations. The State Department’s primary responsibilities are:
- to execute U.S’s diplomatic operations in other countries.
- to implement U.S’s foreign policy
- to ensure that U.S’s diplomacy efforts are moving in the right direction.
The State Department also takes care of U.S. citizens living in other countries. It publicizes the nation’s foreign affairs policy. The expenses of the State department are taken care of by the foreign affairs budget.
The other U.S departments that deal with U.S.. foreign policy are the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The State Department works hand in hand with these two departments in furthering the nation’s foreign policies.
The U.S Secretary of State heads the State Department. The Secretary of State is the President’s chief advisor on foreign policy. He/she is appointed by the President upon confirmation by the Cabinet. The Secretary of the State Department is a Cabinet member.
The State Department is headquartered at Washington D.C. in the Harry S. Truman Building.