Bureau of African Affairs

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Bureau of African Affairs
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Bureau overview
Formed 1958; 59 years ago (1958)[1]
Jurisdiction Executive branch of the United States
Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building, Washington, D.C., United States
Employees 181 (as of 2009)[1]
Annual budget $225 million (FY 2009)[1]
Bureau executive
Parent department U.S. Department of State
Website www.state.gov/p/af/

In the United States government, the Bureau of African Affairs (AF) is part of the U.S. Department of State and is charged with advising the Secretary of State on matters of Sub-Saharan Africa. The bureau was established in 1958. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs who reports to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The position has been vacant since March 10, 2017 pending confirmation of a nominee appointed by the current Administration.


The offices of the Bureau of African 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 African Affairs


  1. ^ a b c "Inspection of the Bureau of African Affairs" (PDF). Inspector General of the Department of State. August 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "State Department Student Internship Brochure" (PDF). U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Human Resources. September 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1 FAM 120 Bureau of African Affairs (AF)". Foreign Affairs Manual. U.S. Department of State. October 13, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 

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