Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

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Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
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Bureau overview
Jurisdiction Executive branch of the United States
Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building, Washington, D.C., United States
Employees 9,530 (As of 2009)[1]
Annual budget $254 million (FY 2009)[1]
Bureau executive
Parent department U.S. Department of State
Website www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-political-affairs/bureau-of-western-hemisphere-affairs/

In the United States government, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) is a part of the U.S. Department of State, charged with implementing U.S. foreign policy and promoting U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere, as well as advising the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, who is currently Acting Assistant Secretary Francisco Palmieri.


The offices of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs direct, coordinate, and supervise U.S. government activities within the region, including political, economic, consular, public diplomacy, and administrative management issues.[2][3]

Organizational chart of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs as of 2015

The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs also oversees the United States Mission to the Organization of American States.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Report of Inspection of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs" (PDF). Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State. January 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "State Department Student Internship Brochure" (PDF). U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Human Resources. September 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "1 FAM 150 Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA)". Foreign Affairs Manual. U.S. Department of State. July 7, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015.

External links

  • Official website
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