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Committee NameOverseas Security Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2019Committee 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 Date10/9/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter10/9/2018Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Thomas
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameG.
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Scanlon
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*22 U.S.C. 2656Designated Federal Officer Phone*(571) 345-2214
Effective Date Of Authority*11/23/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*571-345-2238
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*In fiscal year 2018, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) continued to monitor and review its mission and objectives with the following strategic purpose, “To assure and enhance security cooperation between U.S. private sector interests overseas, the U.S. Department of State, and other U.S. Government entities.”The 2018 annual strategic planning session concentrated on fine tuning the reorganization of the OSAC sub-committees, which was implemented after last year’s session. The sub-committee mission statements were approved as follows:Executive Working Group (EWG): Provide leadership and strategic direction for the OSAC Council and Committee objectives by advising and overseeing the successful completion of initiatives to advance the OSAC mission. Committee for Outreach (OC): Promote and enhance OSAC’s effectiveness and improve constituent engagement by deepening engagement with current constituents, and sustaining public/private security information networks. Committee on Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets (TRPA): Identify and periodically reassess high-threat environments to mitigate threats and risks stemming from crime, political violence, terrorism, health, and travel. Committee on Technical Threats and Risk (TTR): Provide timely guidance and resources to OSAC members via multi-format platforms on avoiding and mitigating current and emerging technical threats.
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. The private sector membership is representative of OSAC’s general constituency to include academia, commercial/retail, communications/entertainment, defense, faith-based, financial, legal services, food, agriculture, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, information technology, manufacturing, non-governmental, and transportation. The three U.S. Government public sector entities 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 seven member organizations in FY 2018 as they completed their tenure.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In fiscal year 2018, OSAC met in full session in November, January, and June. During these meetings, three sub-committees met to work on specific objectives and deliverables. Afterwards, the full Council met to review progress and receive briefings. Briefings included the current status of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Department of State’s current policy priorities on improving global aviation security standards, countering foreign terrorist fighters, disrupting terrorist finance networks, and countering violent extremism. In addition, updates were provided on the Department of State’s consular safety and security messaging system and supply chain risk management. Representing the U.S. private sector, OSAC continually explores strategic partnerships to further the sharing of security information between government and the private sector. All of the sub-committees focused their work in support of the Council’s strategic plan, which is reviewed at each full Council meeting and other executive meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*OSAC provides a unique forum to promote security cooperation between the U.S. Government and U.S. private sector organizations operating abroad. Its components – the website, Research and Information Support Center staff, country councils, and common interest councils – provide 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 employees, operations, and assets overseas. This includes OSAC’s 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 are processed for a SECRET clearances since the closed sessions may include sensitive briefings/discussions on current terrorist activity, as well as, intelligence and other security threats impacting the U.S. private sector interests abroad. Further, OSAC meetings routinely discuss proprietary industrial security and organizational information that would not be shared in an open forum for the fear the information would be used for profit by private security consultants, adversaries, or foreign governments. It is within this safe environment of information sharing that open and sensitive discussions can take place and the goals and objectives of OSAC furthered.
Recommendation RemarksOSAC functions as a focal point between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. private sector overseas for security issues. From these meetings, reports are generated and posted to the OSAC website along with other initiatives, which are utilized by constituents or U.S. private sector organizations. However, the nature of sensitive security briefings do not always allow for the posting of information outside of the event. Additionally, OSAC’s performance measures are captured 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 5,230 active organizations with over 19,729 private sector representatives regularly accessing OSAC information. The OSAC Annual Briefing, held in November 2017, was attended by more than 1,225 executives responsible for security from U.S. businesses, universities, faith-based, and non-governmental organizations. The OSAC Country Council program replicates the OSAC partnership at 142 overseas locations, bringing together diplomatic missions and private sector organizations. The OSAC website now supports over 41,172 users that include OSAC constituents and international organizations, other U.S. law enforcement entities, as well as the general public. In the past fiscal year, the website received an average of 200,000 visits per month and sent over 1,000 information notices monthly. Information notices include daily news roundups, OSAC analytic reports, crime and safety reports, event information, incident reporting, embassy/consulate emergency messages, and other security specific related issues used by the private sector. The OSAC Twitter handle @OSACState currently has more than 11,000 followers. In addition, OSAC, through the Research and Information Support Center (RISC), provided 2,600 individual security consultations in fiscal year 2018 to representatives from the U.S. private sector and produced 206 analytical reports. OSAC continues to strive to assist its constituent organizations to effectively manage the overseas security environment. OSAC’s unique charter and continued success serve as examples of the benefits shared through mutual cooperation and trust. All of these tools are utilized by the private sector in order to mitigate security concerns 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 will be transitioned to a cloud based program, which will incorporate 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 have to be created in another form to help the U.S. Government protect soft targets as part of the initiative to help ensure the competitiveness of American organizations abroad.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*140Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations from OSAC over the past 33 years have included the creation of the Country Council program (142); a dedicated staff to support the U.S. private sector on overseas security issues (34); an electronic bulletin board for information exchange that was transferred to a public website; as well as the creation of 12 common interest councils. In addition, OSAC established a Women in Security Forum that will enhance initiatives, diversity and inclusion in the security field.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*95.00%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 Research and Information Support Center staff averages over 250 security related consultations monthly with the U.S. private sector.
Agency Feedback CommentThe U.S. Department of State, through the OSAC’s Annual Briefing, provides and receives feedback through the 1,212 security professional, both public and private, who attended the 2017 Annual Briefing. In addition, OSAC receives feedback through consultations and the dozens of events planned and executed every year. Also, during Council meetings (February, June, and November) there is an exchange of information on OSAC’s strategic plan, planned 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.Narrative 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. OSAC partnered with the International Security Management Association (ISMA) to host two regional security conferences, one in Manila, Philippines and the other in Johannesburg, South Africa. Both focused on security challenges in their respective regions. In addition, OSAC utilized its regional groups: Latin America Regional Council, Pan-Asia Regional Council, Middle East and North Africa Regional Council, Africa Regional Council and the European Regional Council to further enhance information sharing between the public and private sector. This fiscal year, OSAC provided on-ground support and consultations to U.S. private sector organizations and sponsors to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea and the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia. In August, OSAC partnered with the International Security Foundation (ISF) to host a forum on travel safety and security with both public and private sector experts contributing to the discussions for over 200 security executives. Some of the highlighted events that OSAC supported in the past year include all country council meetings in Mexico, India, Australia, China (Northeast General Assembly), Central America, and Vietnam. In addition, sector specific working groups allowed representatives from academia, aviation, energy, faith based, hospitality, media and entertainment and international development to participate in smaller, like minded groups to ensure targeted and actionable information sharing. While these groups normally meet in the United States, this year the Aviation Security Working Group met in London, England, the Hotel Security Working Group in Bangkok, Thailand and the Middle East North Africa Regional Council met in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Faith-Based working group added an analytical training course to their regularly scheduled meeting, which was held in Kansas City, Missouri. Working with the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, OSAC developed security overseas seminars targeted for academia study abroad managers and non-governmental representatives living and traveling overseas. Also, OSAC provided its first analytical training course in Seattle, Washington to benefit OSAC’s west coast constituents. This year, OSAC’s RISC produced 206 research papers with wide acclaim from private sector constituents including the following highest read reports: • Nigeria Airport Security• Afghanistan Attacks Represent a Successful Urban Terrorism Campaign• Drone Operations and Threats Abroad• Encrypted Communications Apps• ISIS Ricin Threat in Germany• Foiled Nairobi Terror Plot• Security Snapshot: Threat to Children• Primer on Thailand's Roadmap to Democracy• Violence Mounts in Syrian Civil War Turning Point• Mexico Crime TrendsOSAC analytical reports are used by U.S private sector organizations as well as local and federal law enforcement/security agencies.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032196Committee For Outreach2019
 COM-032303Committee on Technical Threats and Risk2019
 COM-030870Committee on Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets2019


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 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
 COM-033663Overseas Security Advisory Council2018