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DOS - 158 - Overseas Security Advisory Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameOverseas Security Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of State
Fiscal Year2020Committee 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 Date10/9/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter10/10/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jason
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR.
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kight
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
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 RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*In fiscal year 2020, 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 full session and one virtual session 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 remained focused as follows:

Committee for Outreach: Promote and enhance OSAC’s effectiveness by broadening and deepening engagement with constituents, and sustaining public-private security information networks.

Committee on Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets: Provide guidance and resources to OSAC constituents via multi-format platforms on avoiding and mitigating current and emerging personnel and asset threats.

Committee on Technical Threats and Risk: Provide timely guidance and resources to OSAC constituents 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. 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/entertainment, defense, energy and mining, faith-based, financials, food and agricultural, 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 two new member organizations in FY 2020 on to the Council as two other organizations completed their tenure.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In fiscal year 2020, OSAC met for an in-person full session in February and virtually in June. During these sessions, three sub-committees met 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 coronavirus, Iran’s cyber capabilities, insight from the COVID 19 Task Force, and discussions surrounding holding virtual meetings as opposed to in-person events ahead of the first virtual OSAC Annual Briefing in November. 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 Research and Information Support Center, 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 4,700 active U.S. organizations with over 17,000 security executives regularly accessing OSAC information. On November 20 and 21, 2019, OSAC hosted more than 1,150 OSAC users from business, academia, faith-based, and non-governmental organizations at the Department of State for regional briefings and other topical discussions including How Iran’s Destabilizing Activities in the Middle East Are Creating New National Security Challenges; the state of OSAC; Leadership Perspectives on Risk Management; Creating a Workplace Violence Prevention Program; Overseas Mental Health Care: Cultivating Resilience, Prevention, and Effective Crisis Intervention; and Modern Tools of Oppression: Analyzing the Impacts of Digital Authoritarianism on the Private Sector; featuring speakers from the private sector and U.S. Government. The OSAC Country Council program replicates the OSAC partnership at approximately 150 overseas locations, bringing together diplomatic missions and private sector organizations to promote security communication. 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 279,000 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 from March through May. At the same time, OSAC posted information notices including daily news roundups, original analytic reports, annual crime and safety 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 13,100 followers. In addition, OSAC, through the Research and Information Support Center (RISC), provided 1,800 individual security consultations in fiscal year 2020 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, 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*155Access 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 Research and Information Support Center 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.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. In early fiscal year 2020, OSAC held 18 in-person events, launched six new Country Councils, and visited 49 Country Councils. The OSAC Country Council program provides representatives of all U.S. private sector enterprises abroad, regardless of citizenship or nationality the tools for trust in the security information exchange and cooperation. Thirteen OSAC sector specific working groups allow representatives from academia, aviation, energy, faith based, hospitality, media and entertainment, international development, 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. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of all in-person-meetings, and quickly moved the platforms to virtual meetings with the private sector. OSAC hosted 64 virtual meetings or webinars with a total 5400 participants. The OSAC sub-committee on Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets hosted a webinar “Grace Under Pressure: Pragmatism and Planning in the face of Pandemic” with the highest viewership of 284 individuals. Other webinars include “Security Planning in the Face of A Pandemic” also hosted by OSAC committee for Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets with 280 participants; “Successful Strategies for Work from Home” hosted by the OSAC Women in Security Group, and the “USAID COVID-19 Task Force” hosted for the OSAC International Development Working Group. The published OSAC 2020 Crime and Safety Reports, examining the security environment with the help of the Regional Security Officers at U.S. embassies and consulates in almost every country in the world included several countries that have not submitted this report in many years, including Yemen and Libya. OSAC confirmed 563 Country Council meetings taking place this year in-person and virtually. OSAC warns 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 40 notifications to the energy, non-governmental organizations, hospitality, defense, and other sectors of the U.S. private sector.

OSAC engaged in more than 20 surveys benchmarking OSAC constituent sentiment and protocol, including:
• COVID-19 Return-to-Work Benchmarking Data: Global and Regional Insights
• OSAC Benchmarking Report: Hong Kong's National Security Law
• OSAC Benchmarking Survey Results: COVID-19 in India - Long Term Business Impacts for OSAC Members
• Traveling Abroad with Mobile Devices: A Comparison of OSAC Benchmarking Results from 2015 and 2020
• OSAC Benchmarking: Private-Sector Response to New Chinese Policies

OSAC produces analytical reports for U.S private sector organizations as well as local and federal law enforcement/security agencies. This year, OSAC’s Research and Analysis Unit produced more than 200 original analyses, with wide acclaim from the private sector. More than half of the most-read reports on dealt with the response to COVID-19, but OSAC continued to produce reporting and analysis on the traditional areas of terrorism, crime, and political violence during the pandemic. The following reports produced this year each garnered more than 1,000 views:
• OSAC Update/FAQ: Europe Travel Ban
• Travel FAQs: COVID-19
• Travel Tips: Coronavirus
• OSAC Benchmarking Results: Novel Coronavirus
• Adventure Travel: Know Before You Go
• Travel Secure: China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
• Reopening Europe: Country-by-Country Updates
• Terrorism in South Asia: Bangladesh
• OSAC Benchmarking Report: COVID-19 in Europe & Asia
• COVID-19: APAC Security Updates
• OSAC Benchmarking Report: Private Sector Response to COVID-19 in Asia
• Conflict with Iran Threatens Regional Stability
• Italy: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
• OSAC Benchmarking Report: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members*$5,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$5,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$440,453.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$440,900.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$445,453.00Est. Total Next FY*$450,900.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*3.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*3.50
Cost RemarksThe OSAC Program Office includes a public facing website, analytical staff, outreach programs and staff to manage security networking groups for the U.S. private sector operating overseas.Est Cost RemarksThe OSAC Program Office includes a public facing website, analytical staff, outreach programs and staff to manage security networking groups for the U.S. private sector operating overseas.
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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 Outreach2020
 COM-032303Committee on Technical Threats and Risk2020
 COM-030870Committee on Threats and Risk to Personnel and Assets2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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