Office of Language Services

Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts

Commercial and Business Affairs Office

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A-Z List of Countries and Other Areas

The Foreign Affairs Manual states that interpreting, translating, and other language services are provided by the Office of Language Services (A/OPR/LS) for the White House and for the Department of State, including commissions and corporations under its jurisdiction, and international events or conferences in which it participates. By special written agreement, language services may be provided to other agencies on a reimbursable basis. (6 FAM 1510)

UN & Other International Organizations

Information for Freelance Linguists

The Office(LS) carries on a tradition of language support for the conduct of foreign policy that dates back to 1789, when it was founded by Thomas Jefferson, the first Secretary of State of the United States of America. Today, we are are home to approximately 20direct-hire diplomatic/conference interpreters working in a dozen languages and 12 direct-hire diplomatic translators who work in about 15 different language pairs. These professionals work withstaff project managersand hundreds ofcarefully tested and vetted independent contract interpreters andtranslators to ensure support inevery language required by the White House, the State Department, and our other federal clients. We support the conduct of diplomacy and foreign affairs as well as foreign assistance and exchanges programs. Our State Department clients include the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureaus(ECA)International Visitors Leadership Program(IVLP)and the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program(ATAP).

American Foreign Service Association

Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

The Department of States Office of Language Services isresponsible for providing foreign language interpreting (spoken)and translating (written)supportfor the State Department, theWhite Houseand other federal agencies.Ourinterpreters and translatorsserve asthe ears, voice and words in foreign languages of the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, the National Security Advisor, the Secretary of State and otherCabinet officials.

Near East (northern Africa, Middle East)

Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Western Hemisphere (Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada)

Counterterrorism & Countering Violent Extremism

Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Arms Control and International Security

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