Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

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Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
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Bureau overview
Formed 2006; 10 years ago (2006)[1]
Preceding bureau
  • Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
Jurisdiction Executive branch of the United States
Headquarters Harry S. Truman Building, Washington, D.C., United States
Employees 130 (as of 2011)[1]
Annual budget $837 million (FY 2010)[1]
Bureau executive
Parent department U.S. Department of State
Website www.state.gov/p/sca/

The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) is an agency within the United States Department of State that is responsible for the U.S. government's relations with countries in the South and Central Asian region. The bureau is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, who reports to the Secretary of State through the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. The current Assistant Secretary is Nisha Biswal.

History[edit]

A delegation headed by Ms. Heather Variava (Second from Left), meeting with E. Saravanapavan, M.P.(Far Left), in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

After six years of trying, Congress allocated the funds to create an independent Bureau of South Asian Affairs in 1991.[2] Pursuant to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1992 and 1993,[3] the Bureau of South Asian Affairs was established on August 24, 1992 after having been a part of the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs since 1958.[4] In February 2006 the bureau absorbed the Office of Central Asian Affairs from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Organization[edit]

The offices of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs direct, coordinate, and supervise U.S. government activities within the region, including political, economic, consular, public diplomacy, and administrative management issues.[5][6]

Organizational chart of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs as of 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Inspection of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs" (PDF). Inspector General of the Department of State. June 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Office of the Historian. http://history.state.gov, U.S. Department of State [1].
  3. ^ U.S. Congress. Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1992 and 1993. The Library of Congress, 1992, Sec. 122. [2]
  4. ^ Crossette, Barbara. "Congress Is Impatient for South Asia Bureau". New York Times, December 26, 1991. [3].
  5. ^ "State Department Student Internship Brochure" (PDF). U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Human Resources. September 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "1 FAM 170 Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA)". Foreign Affairs Manual. U.S. Department of State. August 27, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 

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