14. What is the Department of State?

The Department of State is the lead federal agency responsible for U.S. foreign affairs.  The Department employs individuals in both civil service and foreign service positions. Many NSEP recipients are currently working for the Department of State as Foreign Service Officers throughout the world and as civil service employees in offices such as the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, among others. Furthermore, the USAID administrator serves as the director of foreign assistance at the Department of State. Thus, any service completed at USAID shall be the same as service completed at the Department of State. For more information please visit the Department of State or USAID websites.