Chief of Protocol of the United States

Chief Of Protocol Of The United States

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The Chief of Protocol is an officer of the United States Department of State responsible for advising the President of the United States, the vice president, and the secretary of state on matters of national and international diplomatic protocol. The Chief of Protocol holds the rank of Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State.

The chief arranges itineraries for foreign dignitaries visiting the U.S. and accompanies the president on all official international travel. Additionally, the office is responsible for accrediting foreign diplomats and publishing the list of foreign consular offices in the U.S., organizing ceremonies for treaty signings, conducting ambassadorial swearing-in and state arrival ceremonies, and maintaining Blair House, the official guest house for state visitors.

The acting Chief of Protocol was Gladys Boluda, who took on the position at the end of Nancy Brinker's term on January 20, 2009. Laura Bowen Wills became the acting Chief of Protocol in May 2009 until Capricia Penavic Marshall was sworn in as Chief of Protocol of the United States on August 3, 2009.

A well-known Chief of Protocol is the former child star Shirley Temple Black.

The Chief of Protocol position should not be confused with the distinctly different White House Social Secretary position.


The office identifies five divisions on its website, led by assistant chiefs, who oversee the following principal duties:

  • Management
  • Visits
  • Ceremonials
  • Diplomatic......
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