The U.S.Department of State was the first executive department of the U.S.
United States Department of State, a.k.a. DOS or State Department, was established in 1789. It was the first executive department of the United States, signed into law by George Washington.
The DOS is located in the Harry S. Truman Building, close to the White House.
The DOS is controlled by the Secretary of State currently, Antony J. Blinken, who is appointed by the President and a member of the Cabinet, both confirmed by the Senate.
The DOS is similar to the foreign ministry of other countries.
DOS functions are to:
- Advise the President
- Represent the USA in international affairs and policy issues
The DOS employs more than 13,000 Foreign Service employees, 11,000 Civil Service employees, and 45,000 local employees with an annual budget exceeding $90 billion.