Doing business with the State Department
General info<@VM>The CIO file: Bruce Morrison
- By Evamarie C. Socha
- Jul 06, 2004
2201 C St. NW, Washington, DC 20520
Secretary: Colin Powell
Chief of staff: Lawrence Wilkerson
What it does:
The State Department is the lead federal agency for U.S. foreign affairs. It helps create the president's foreign policy, then represents and implements it throughout the world. The executive branch and Congress have constitutional responsibilities for U.S. foreign policy.
The secretary of state is the president's main foreign policy adviser. The agency supports the foreign affairs works of other federal agencies, such as the Agency for International Development. It offers services to U.S. citizens abroad and to foreigners seeking to visit or immigrate to the United States.
2005 request: $10.4 billion
2004 budget: $10.1 billion
2003 budget: $9.9 billion
-- The United States has diplomatic relations with about 180 countries and keeps relations with many international organizations. This makes for about 250 posts around the world.
-- The United States has embassies and consulates in Africa, the Americas, East Asia, South Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa. A comprehensive Web site with the individual offices is at http://usembassy.state.gov/. A key officer list is at http://foia.state.gov/MMS/KOH/keyoffcity.asp.
-- There are undersecretaries of State for arms control and international security; economic, business and agricultural affairs; global affairs; management; political affairs; public diplomacy; and public affairs. There are numerous bureaus and offices dealing with everything from diplomatic security to labor issues to science and technology to protocol. A list of domestic bureaus and offices is at http://
-- Get a good look at the entire agency. Go to http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/dos/7926.htm for the organizational chart.
ÁIn trying to boil down what to say about the State Department, I came to this conclusion: There is so much that can be said about the agency's job that there is almost too much to say. That's why I like the agency's Web site. It offers a plethora of information in a logical format that is easy to follow. I appreciate the order in which everything is presented.
Given the state of the world's affairs, I think it's important to know as much as possible about what the State Department can do for you, especially if you or your employees are traveling abroad. It's worth your time to check it out.
-- It's going to sound like I'm gushing about the State Department's Web site, but I really enjoyed using it. Doing business with the agency begins easily on the home page with the "Business Center" button, which takes you directly to http://www.state.gov/business/. The site is comprehensive, and it appears to give all the information anyone would need not only to work with the agency, but also how to do it within its legal parameters.
For instance, "U.S. Business Opportunities Overseas" covers working with the U.S. Agency for International Development, exports, business law and overseas building operations, among other topics. Be sure to stop at the FAQs page, which features topics such as doing business overseas and trade restrictions, among others.
2003 spending trends
Large business: $103.8M, up 36%
Other small business: $90.8M, up 31%
Small, disadvantaged: $83.2M, up 29%
Foreign contractors: $6.3M, up 2%
STG Inc.: $34.7M, up 12%
GTSI Corp.: $23M, up 8%
Orkand Corp.: $12.2M, up 4%
Northrop Grumman Corp.: $11.8M, up 4%
Alphatech Corp.: $11.2M, up 3%
DigitalNet Holdings Inc.: $9.3M, up 3%
IBM Corp.: $8.9M, up 3%
Therma Digital Corp.: $8.9M, up 3%
Computer Sciences Corp.: $7.1M, up 2%
PC Connection Inc.: $6.5M, up 2%
Source: Input Inc.
Bruce Morrison, State Department CIO