The State Department, The White House & Congress

This section deals with the State Department’s relations with the two institutions on which it relies for guidance and support: the Executive Office of the President (the White House) and the Congress.  While the President, with the direct support of the National Security Council, sets the broad parameters of U.S. foreign policy and makes recommendations for funding levels and major personnel assignments, it is the Congress that controls the necessary funding and confirms senior presidential appointments.  The State Department is dependent on both these institutions, and maintains close contact with them.