Overseas Security Advisory Council
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) is a Federal Advisory Committee and operates under the parameters of the United States Department of State. The Department of State, like the private sector, is committed to ensuring OSAC events are free from unacceptable behavior, including unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature.
Since its inception, OSAC has been a conduit for the exchange of information between the public and private sectors on how to mitigate security issues abroad. This is accomplished through the hundreds of yearly events to include common interest council and country council meetings. Networking receptions are also an important mechanism for building professional contacts to address common security challenges worldwide. Trust, professionalism, and ethical conduct are keys to our success.
It is the expectation of the Department of State and the OSAC Council that every participant will respect OSAC’s core values and mission. We all have a responsibility to ensure our events and individual actions are appropriate, professional, and inclusive.
If OSAC determines that an allegation of unacceptable behavior is credible, it will take prompt and appropriate corrective action.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council is committed to providing a safe and welcoming experience for all participants as defined below.
All participants in OSAC events and meetings should feel safe and welcome regardless of:
This Code of Conduct applies to all attendees and OSAC staff at any conference, forum, social event, or meeting-related event, including joint events with the International Security Foundation and International Security Management Association.
As such, OSAC expects that participants will:
Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
Whether such behavior constitutes unacceptable behavior as defined above shall be determined by OSAC and its representatives, in their sole discretion. OSAC takes matters of such unacceptable behavior seriously, regardless of form.
OSAC is committed to providing an environment that is free from discriminatory behavior and sexual harassment. Harassment comes in many forms, including words or actions that are unprofessional, painful, and demeaning. It unnecessarily has a negative impact on OSAC members and the esprit de corps of OSAC events and activities.
Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Any event participant requested to stop any unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
At any OSAC event, or joint event, OSAC may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate to include removal of the participant for any unacceptable behavior described above.
Anyone involved in unacceptable behavior may be subject to actions beyond expulsion from an event. Depending on the severity of the unacceptable behavior, further consequences may include termination of OSAC user access and/or denial to participate in future OSAC events or meetings in accordance with this policy or procedure.
If you are the recipient of unacceptable behavior as defined above, have witnessed any such unacceptable behavior, or have additional concerns, please immediately contact the senior OSAC representative at an event. You may also telephone the OSAC Executive Director Jason Kight at (571) 345-2214 or report an incident directly via email at KightJR@state.gov. If you would prefer to make a report to a female staff member, please contact Team Lead Kit Bartels at BartelsKV2@state.gov.
Requests for confidentiality will be honored to the extent permitted by law and U.S. Department of State policy.
Any participant experiencing or witnessing behavior that at any time in their judgment constitutes a crime or serious threat to the public is advised, when the event is held in the United States, to contact 911 immediately.
If the event is overseas, please report it to the police and also to the Senior OSAC representative attending the event, who can then coordinate any follow up action with the Regional Security Officer.