Consul General and Departments
The Political Department provides the German Federal Government with a timely and comprehensive view of US foreign and domestic policy. In addition, it informs its American partners about German political developments, particularly in foreign policy, as do German think tanks affiliated with Germany's main political parties through their offices in Washington.
The Cultural Department opens windows that shed light on German culture, promotes the German language and German studies in the United States and supports exchange programs. It works together with several German non-profit institutions – among them the Goethe-Institut, the German Historical Institute and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Economics and Science Department
The Economics and Science Department fosters German interests in economic, commercial, financial, agricultural, technological, scientific and environmental affairs in the United States and serves as an information broker about Germany. It works with, for example, the German American Chambers of Commerce, the German American Business Council or the Representative of German Industry and Trade.
Consular and Legal Section
The Consular and Legal Section provides visa services for those who would like to travel to Germany, as well as a range of services for German citizens. It keeps track of legal issues in America that are of interest to Germany.
The Press Department is the first stop for American journalists and German correspondents seeking up-to-date information about current government positions or to interview visiting German officials when they are in Washington to meet with their counterparts.