British Consulate-General, San Francisco covers Alaska, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming and Washington. It handles issues related to notary services and citizenship ceremonies. The agency also deals in the notices of marriage and matters related to the welfare of British citizens within the consular district. Its political, press & public affairs department is an diplomacy agency that works to foster economic and social understanding by establishing links between British and American government officials, academics, researchers and public policy organizations. The department also organizes exchange programs, seminars and conferences. In addition, it provides information on political, legislative and economic trends to senior officials in London.