After six years of trying, Congress allocated the funds to create the Bureau of South Asian Affairs in 1991, 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 Crossette, Barbara. "Congress Is Impatient for South Asia Bureau". New York Times, December 26, 1991. .. In February 2006 the bureau absorbed the Office of Central Asian Affairs from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.