The Bureau of Public Affairs (PA) is like a translation service. It exists to help the American people understand US foreign policy and the importance of foreign affairs. The bureau also gathers questions and comments from its audience and funnels those back to policymakers. It conducts press briefings and local, regional, and national media interviews, runs the State Department's Web site, answers phone calls and correspondence, and arranges town meetings nationwide. The PA Bureau also runs the US Diplomacy Center, which strives to involve students in diplomatic studies. The bureau is part of US Department of State.