United States Department of State

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United States
Department of State
Department of state.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Agency overview
Formed July 27, 1789
Headquarters Harry S Truman Building
Employees 30,266 (2004)
Annual budget $35.1 billion (2007)
Agency executives John Kerry, Secretary
James Steinberg, Deputy Secretary

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.