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DOS - 158 - Overseas Security Advisory Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameOverseas Security Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number158
Original Establishment Date1/1/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*34
Current Charter Date9/29/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter9/29/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Rebecca
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA.
Specific Termination AuthorityPublic Law 92-463, Section 14(a)(1)Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Spingarn
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*22 U.S.C. 2656Designated Federal Officer Phone*(571) 228-3221
Effective Date Of Authority*11/23/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*In fiscal year 2022, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) continued to meet challenges for promoting security cooperation between U.S. private-sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. The Council had one in-person meeting, and three virtual sessions during this fiscal year. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Council quickly moved to virtual planning and study sessions for the sub-committees. One objective dominating discussions through the year involved enhancing the visibility of OSAC programs to encourage broader U.S. private sector participation in mutual overseas security concerns.

The sub-committee mission statements are as follows:

Committee for Membership: Evaluate, design and implement a Council member recruitment and engagement strategy that accounts for the full Council life cycle from application review, to onboarding, to succession planning and executive leadership.

Committee on Partnerships: To develop and evaluate strategic partnership goals, and strengthen connectivity with underrepresented interest groups and key partners to elevate OSAC’s brand, member benefits or services.

Committee on Advisory: To deliver key programming requests and address critical issues facing Council organizations that benefits both OSAC’s public and private sector organizations.
How is membership balanced?*OSAC is a joint venture between the U.S. Government and the U.S. private sector designed to enhance cooperation on overseas security issues of mutual concern. By charter, the OSAC is composed of 34 member organizations from the U.S. public and private sectors. It is anticipated that the 34 member organizations will include 31 private sector organizations and three public sector organizations. The private sector membership is representative of OSAC’s general constituency to include organizations representing academia, commercial/retail, communications and entertainment, defense, energy and mining, faith-based, financials, food and agriculture, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, information technology, manufacturing, non-governmental, security providers, and transportation. The three U.S. Government public sector entities with overseas responsibilities are the Department of State, Department of Commerce and USAID. As part of OSAC’s annual strategic planning process, broad constituency representation is maintained by periodically reviewing the Council structure, membership rotation, and functions. OSAC rotated five new member organizations in FY 2022 on to the Council as five other organizations completed their tenure.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In fiscal year 2022, OSAC met in-person in June 2022, and held virtual sessions in November 2021, and February and October of 2022. During these sessions, three sub-committees met monthly to work on specific objectives and recommendations prior to the full session. The full Council sessions included a review of progress and topical briefings. Briefings included presentations on Department efforts to diversify its workforce, the impact of the war in Ukraine on Europe, the refugee crisis, and the security implications of rising global inflation. Representing the U.S. private sector, OSAC continues to explore strategic partnerships to further the sharing of security information between government and the private sector. All of the sub-committees focus their recommendations in support of the Council’s strategic plan and reviewed at each full Council session.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*OSAC provides a unique forum to promote security cooperation between the U.S. Government and the U.S. private sector operating abroad. Advice and recommendations from OSAC have included the creation of a U.S. Government staff, the program office to support the private sector through analytical reports, consultations, events, and management of sector specific working groups. OSAC provides a process/forum for the exchange of relevant, credible, and timely information that contributes to the ability of the U.S. private sector to make appropriate business and security decisions regarding their personnel, operations, and assets overseas. OSAC has the distinguished status as the designated communicator of declassified duty-to-warn messages for threat information specifically targeting the U.S. private sector abroad.
Why close or partially close meetings?All OSAC (Council) representatives require a SECRET clearance since the closed sessions may include sensitive briefings/discussions on current terrorist activity, as well as, intelligence and other security threats that affect U.S. private sector interests abroad. OSAC meetings routinely discuss proprietary industrial security and organizational information that is not normally shared in an open forum for the fear competing private security consultants, adversaries, or foreign governments could use the information for profit. It is within this safe information sharing environment that open and sensitive discussions can take place, furthering the goals and objectives of OSAC.
Recommendation RemarksOSAC functions as the security support focal point between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. private sector overseas. OSAC posts all events related to OSAC initiatives with the U.S. private sector to its website, Many OSAC-hosted or-affiliated meetings generate reports posted to the OSAC website for OSAC constituents or U.S. private sector organizations to view; though, the nature of security briefings do not always allow for displaying the information outside of the event. Additionally, OSAC captures performance measures in a quarterly report submitted to the Department of State through OSAC’s responsible bureau – the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS).

The best measure of OSAC's critical value to the U.S. private sector operating overseas is its growing constituency of 5,700 active U.S. organizations with over 23,000 security professionals regularly accessing OSAC information. On November 2021, OSAC hosted more than 1,300 OSAC users from business, academia, faith-based, and non-governmental organizations virtually for regional briefings and other topical discussions including: .........

The OSAC Country Chapter program replicates the OSAC partnership at approximately 150 overseas locations, bringing together diplomatic missions and private sector organizations to promote security communication. OSAC Major Events supported the U.S. private sector in Japan during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. With more than 600 OSAC members subscribing to daily situation reports, information was shared between US officials, Olympic organizers, host nation security and the U.S. private sector.

The OSAC website now supports over 32,500 users that include OSAC constituent organizations, international organizations, other U.S. law enforcement entities, and the public. In the past fiscal year, the website received an average of 300,000 visits per month and routinely sends over 1,000 information notices monthly. This year, due to the rapidly changing conditions due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic OSAC posted over 3,000 security and health alerts to the website in FY2021. At the same time, OSAC posted information notices including daily news roundups, original analytic reports, annual country security reports, event information, incident reporting, embassy/consulate emergency messages, and other security specific related issues used by the private sector. An increasingly important communication tool, the OSAC Twitter handle @OSACState currently has more than 13,500 followers and new in 2021, OSAC launched a LinkedIn page and has 3,200 followers in its first six months. In addition, OSAC, through the program office, provided 1,800 individual security consultations in fiscal year 2021 to representatives from the U.S. private sector and produced more than 200 original analytical reports, including benchmarking private-sector actions and attitudes around major security concerns. This year, in response to the pandemic and travel restrictions, OSAC expanded its use of virtual collaboration tools to hold 64 webinars reaching more than 5,400 unique participants. OSAC continues to strive to assist the U.S. private sector for effectively managing the overseas security environment. OSAC’s unique charter and continued success serve as examples of the benefits shared through cooperation and trust. All of these tools allow the private sector to mitigate security concerns more effectively when operating in a foreign environment.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentBased on committee recommendations, the OSAC website transitioned to a cloud-based program, which incorporates new technology and features that offer increased capability for the exchange of information between the U.S. Government and private sector.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentOSAC is the premier example of a public/private partnership within the U.S. Government. It assists the U.S. private sector with making informed risk management decisions on protecting their people, assets, and operations overseas. If OSAC did not exist, it would need to exist in another form to help the U.S. Government protect soft targets as part of the initiative to help ensure the competitiveness of U.S. organizations abroad.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*164Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentExamples of recommendations from OSAC over the past 35 years include the creation of the Country Council program; a dedicated staff to support the U.S. private sector on overseas security issues; a public website for sharing overseas security implications; the creation of common interest and regional working groups, and the use of webinars to enhance communication to the private sector on their own time schedule. This year the private sector recommended the Department of State focus on the importance of better identifying, promoting, and ensuring brand integrity for OSAC.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentN/AAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*5.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe OSAC Program Office staff averages over 250 security related consultations monthly with the U.S. private sector.
Agency Feedback Comment*The U.S. Department of State, through the OSAC’s Annual Briefing, provides and receives feedback through the 1,150 security professional, both public and private, who attended the Annual Briefing. In addition, OSAC receives feedback through consultations and the dozens of events planned and executed every year. Also, during Council meetings, usually three times a year, there is an exchange of information on OSAC’s strategic plan, scheduled events, as well as regional security overviews and world security trends. These meetings bring the U.S. Government and the private sector together to discuss recommendations and implementations from the Council to increase security awareness to the private sector and enhance the exchange of security information. All information can be access through the website Description*In the past year, OSAC has supported the Department’s mission of strengthening strategic public/private partnerships and enhancing private sector awareness in these challenging times. This is accomplished through both Council-lead subcommittees, and working groups, as well as a Program Office to execute on behalf of the Council.

In FY22, the Membership subcommittee led efforts to diversify the Council membership, conducting direct recruitment of underrepresented groups - most notably for gender and race. The Council received eight applications from diverse candidates. Membership also pioneered the first demographic baseline survey to ensure continued progress in the areas of gender, race, and knowledge and capabilities. The subcommittee for Partnerships reviewed three strategic partners in FY22, ASIS, ISMA and DSAC to identify new areas for improved collaboration. As a result, the Program Office hosted a joint event at the annual ASIS conference to conduct broader outreach of security professionals. The Advisory subcommittee took the lead on holding two snap crisis snap calls to solicit direct feedback on the Council's organizational concerns abroad -- the first focused on the invasion of Ukraine, the second on the diplomatic tension surrounding a congressional delegation to Taiwan.

The Program Office implements the Council's vision for member services and products. In early fiscal year 2022, the OSAC program office held 18 in-person events, and relaunched six Country Chapters. The OSAC Country Chapter program provides representatives of all U.S. private sector enterprises abroad, regardless of citizenship or nationality, with the tools for trust in the security information exchange and cooperation. Fourteen sector-specific working groups allow representatives from academia, aviation, energy, faith based, hospitality, media and entertainment, international development, cybersecurity, women-in-security, and the regional sectors of Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and Asia to participate in smaller, like-minded groups to ensure targeted and actionable information sharing.

Each group has responded to constituent demand for continued virtual engagement throughout the pandemic and offered more than 60 webinars for over 4,000 unique viewers.

Under continued recommendation from the Council, the OSAC Program Office published a Country Security Report for every country in the world, examining the local security environment with the help of the Regional Security Officers at U.S. embassies and consulates. The Program Office also continues to coordinate with Regional Security Officers to warn U.S. private-sector organizations that operate overseas if there is an impending threat of intentional killing, serious bodily injury, kidnapping of its personnel, or a physical attack against its facility. This year, OSAC’s Global Threat Warning Unit provided 29 notifications to organizations, mostly in the energy, hospitality, and security/defense sectors.

The Program Office conducted a dozen surveys benchmarking constituent sentiment and security protocol. Reporting focused on issues as disparate as operational status in conflict-ridden Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Mali; and response to increased crime in Colombia, harassment in Ethiopia, unrest in Kazakhstan, and lockdowns in China. The Program Office also undertook a larger survey with private-sector partner RANE looking at common standards and assessing significant gaps in private-sector security programs.

The Program Office also produces analytical reports for U.S private-sector organizations as well as local and federal law enforcement/security agencies. This year, OSAC’s Research & Analysis Unit produced nearly 200 original analyses, to wide acclaim from the private sector. The unit produces reporting and analysis on the traditional areas of terrorism, crime, and political violence, as well as other issues affecting private-sector security such as health issues, cybersecurity, and crisis preparedness. During the fiscal year, 16 reports each garnered more than 1,000 views; five of these were released during the year, focusing on crisis preparedness, geotagging risk, unlawful detention, and understanding the Mexico Travel Advisory.
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Date Cost Last Modified3/8/2022 1:52 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
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Interest Areas

Computer Technology
Information Technology
Emergency Preparedness and Management
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues
Social Sciences
Risk Communication


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032196Committee For Membership Engagement & Recruitment2022
 COM-032303Committee for Strategic Partnerships & Growth2022
 COM-030870Committee on Governance & Standards2022
 COM-038942Subcommittee for Content Review & Development2022
 COM-038943Subcommittee for Operations and Excellence2022
 COM-038944Subcommittee on Awards & Education2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039233Overseas Security Advisory Council2021
 COM-037278Overseas Security Advisory Council2020
 COM-036296Overseas Security Advisory Council2019
 COM-033663Overseas Security Advisory Council2018
 COM-001607Overseas Security Advisory Council2017
 COM-002838Overseas Security Advisory Council2016
 COM-003599Overseas Security Advisory Council2015
 COM-004927Overseas Security Advisory Council2014
 COM-005675Overseas Security Advisory Council2013
 COM-006853Overseas Security Advisory Council2012
 COM-007983Overseas Security Advisory Council2011
 COM-009064Overseas Security Advisory Council2010
 COM-009892Overseas Security Advisory Council2009
 COM-011152Overseas Security Advisory Council2008
 COM-011756Overseas Security Advisory Council2007
 COM-013023Overseas Security Advisory Council2006
 COM-013750Overseas Security Advisory Council2005
 COM-014699Overseas Security Advisory Council2004
 COM-015540Overseas Security Advisory Council2003
 COM-016930Overseas Security Advisory Council2002
 COM-017683Overseas Security Advisory Council2001
 COM-018641Overseas Security Advisory Council2000
 COM-019631Overseas Security Advisory Council1999
 COM-020746Overseas Security Advisory Council1998
 COM-021304Overseas Security Advisory Council1997