It's All About You: 'My State Department' Launched

Posted by Janice Clark
January 23, 2012
My State Department Screenshot

Update: Enhancements to My State Department were launched on July 5, 2012. Many more widgets have been added, including those for countries and expanded foreign policy topics. The page view has also been enhanced for better reading and easier customization. Contact us and let us know what you think!

I think just about everything on is interesting, but you might not take the same interest in food security, women's issues, or the human rights reports that I do. With the site's roughly 100,000 pages of content (and growing), we set out to create a way to help you, the end user, more easily access the categories of information that matter most to you.

That's what's behind the pilot release of My State Department -- an optional, customizable interface that makes the most of the vast electronic collection that comprises so you can be better informed and stay on top of foreign policy topic areas that you find most interesting or in which you want to become involved.

The My State Department interface is easily found in the banner on pages. A new window will open so that you can get to the interface without interrupting other browsing you may be doing on To make sure that your selections follow you no matter what computer you're on, you'll access My State Department using an OpenID logon. OpenID is a service that allows you to sign in to many different websites using a single identity, such as your yahoo, gmail, or aol account. (Find out more about OpenID and how to get an OpenID-enabled account.)

Once you're on the My State Department screen, select from any number of "widgets," such as top policy issues (Counterterorrism, Trafficking in persons, etc.), country information, reports, or social media. Move the widgets around, change the color scheme, add a utility -- it really IS all about you!

We hope you'll enjoy using My State Department. Our pilot is just the starting point. Please let us know your suggestions for future enhancements.



Raquel M.
January 23, 2012

Raquel M. in Brazil writes:

Thank you very much for launching this page - extremely useful, especially the widget for "country profile".

Kind Regards,
Raquel M.
EFM, FSO Spouse

Stacey P.
January 24, 2012

Stacey P. in Israel writes:

This is a great launch, especially the customizability of the platform. I agree that widgets is a great way to help me pick and choose what I want to read. This platform consolidates news and feeds it into one place, saves me time and energy in researching for all of these press releases and updates. Thank you!

Kambiz K.
February 21, 2012

Kambiz K. in Pakistan writes:

This is a wonderful opportunity for the communities, worldwide, to bring their grievances to light. Sometimes the US administration, without knowing, is not supporting the oppressed. Thank you SD and Secretary of the State.

Donna B.
New York, USA
July 6, 2012

Donna B. in New York writes:

Dear Madam Secretary: Apologizing to Pakistan, a country that murders our GIs, women&children;, wastes US tax$ and sheltered OBL, makes the US Look weak.Yours Truly, Donna C. Benichasa

Sherry E.
Minnesota, USA
May 4, 2013

Sherry E. in Minnesota writes:

I am opposed to the Keystone pipeline on many grounds, but I would think it would be obvious by the spills that have occurred that the oil companies have no guarantees of safety. To whom should I write to voice my opinion in the hopes . Thank you.


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