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OSAC Code of Conduct Working Group Update

As previously announced, an OSAC Working Group is conducting a complete review of the Code of Conduct to further develop and strengthen it, as well as to increase awareness of the importance of adherence to the Code by all constituents. This group is comprised of volunteer OSAC leadership from the Senior Advisory Group (SAG), OSAC Council, Common Interest Council Steering Committee Chairs & Vice Chairs, and OSAC HQ staff.   


In order to move this initiative forward without delay, the OSAC Executive Board approved a call for interested volunteers within these leadership groups, seeking those with demonstrated experience in the areas of compliance, ethics, and code of conduct development and implementation. A total of 20 volunteers stepped forward to participate, including several members with very relevant experience who were nominated by OSAC leadership. OSAC prioritized its working group selections based on professional qualifications, membership group representation, and diversity of experience and perspective.  


In order to ensure full participation and engagement across various sectors, OSAC will undertake a multi-tiered review process that includes all 20 volunteers.  It will be led by a Core Working Group, with additional input from advisory review panels.  These representatives include trusted leaders in the industry at multiple career levels who have committed to serve the diverse interests of their various membership groups, as well as those of OSAC’s general constituents and participants.  


The eight-member Core Working Group, which will begin this work with an immediate review of the Code of Conduct and recommendations, is comprised of the following members:  


Kit Bartels manages OSAC’s Outreach and Engagement team.  She comes to OSAC with more than 20 years’ experience in the U.S. Government, serving previously as a military officer and as a team lead and branch chief in several bureaus of the Department of State.  Kit has significant experience managing government programs and has worked on numerous complex conduct and compliance issues while directing and overseeing parts of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program and its policies from 2014-2019.   


Kathy Lavinder spent a decade as an investigator in a high-end investigations boutique where she routinely conducted internal investigations following allegations of misconduct.  In addition, as a recruiter for more than 20 years, she has recruited for roles that focus on ethics, compliance, investigations, and the development of programs to formalize, standardize, and improve adherence to codes of conduct and company standards.  Kathy is currently the Vice Chair of OSAC Women in Security.   


John Masusock is OSAC's Middle East and North Africa analyst. In his prior role, he served as a functional analyst with the U.S. Army's SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention) program, where he provided programmatic and sexual harassment/assault case data management support. He holds a graduate degree in conflict studies from the London School of Economics.  

Lynn Mattice has extensive experience in compliance and ethics issues. As CSO for Northrop Grumman, he was one of the leads that established an Ethics and Business Conduct Program in response to the Packard Commission’s recommendations on how government contractors should handle issues around ethics and compliance. Later, as CSO for Whirlpool and Boston Scientific, he helped establish similar programs. He also has significant experience in Consent Decrees and Monitorships. Lynn has been active in OSAC for 33 of its 35 years, starting as a constituent, serving on a group steering committee, then as a member of the OSAC Council, and a Senior Advisor to OSAC. As a result, Lynn has a deep understanding of OSAC, how it has evolved, and issues that have occurred along the way. 


Lisa Oliveri, CPPis the Director of Global Safety and Security for the Education Development Center (EDC), an international non-profit organization.  She has more than seven years of experience providing subject matter expertise in the development, implementation, and review of codes of conduct at international organizations. This work includes providing guidance on the delivery of staff education, compliance, investigations, and lessons learned reviews related to codes of conduct. Lisa is currently the Chair of the OSAC International Development Working Group.  


Stephen Saflin is the Chief Security Officer for Phillips 66. He has more than 40 years of government and civilian experience developing training programs for Equal Opportunities (EO), Ethics Compliance, and Codes of Conduct adherence programs. He has deep expertise in EO, Ethics and Code of Conduct compliance violation investigations, resolution, and disciplinary actions recommendations. Steve completed formal government and civilian training programs annually in order to recognize, counsel, provide remedies, and recommend disciplinary actions for harassment, workplace violence, and insider threats and policy violations. He is a member of the OSAC Council.  


Charles Steadman is an attorney and a former FBI Special Agent. Currently, he is KPMG’s Global Security Director.  He was a member of the firm’s workstream that developed its Core Values and Code of Conduct.  Charles manages investigations into alleged Code of Conduct violations and appropriate sanctions.  He is a leader in the firm’s Legal Regulatory and Compliance organization that has implemented a 24X7 reporting hotline. Charles is an OSAC Senior Advisor and a past president of ISMA. He has served on the OSAC Council and numerous OSAC committees. Charles is also an active member of DSAC, where he serves on the Education & Training Committee.  


Vincent Volpi started his career in retail loss prevention and eventually served as CSO of Polo Ralph Lauren, where he was responsible for helping the company prepare for its public offering by achieving SEC compliance and ethical requirements across business units. He has also worked as a prosecutor’s investigator and a police detective. As a consultant, he has conducted compliance and ethical investigation training with the DOJ, DHS and USPTO.  Vincent is the CEO of PICA, which has created and conducted compliance and corporate governance programs for multinational companies. He is Vice Chair of the LARC, where he has been active for over a decade and was instrumental in charter, compliance, and governance initiatives.  


The other 12 members of the Code of Conduct Working Group, who comprise the next level advisory and review panels, include:  


Benjamin Brandt, Cargill (PARC Vice Chair)   

Christopher Daniel, Michigan State University (ARC Chair)   

Richard Davis, ISF President, formerly United Airlines (Senior Advisor)   

Rodney Drinkard, Coca-Cola (nominated by OSAC Council)  

Ned Farmer, American Airlines (ASWG Chair)  

Julie Friend, Northwestern University (SAG Member/WiS Steering Committee)   

Shannon Mureithi, Food for the Hungry (Council Member/FBOWG Chair)  

Brandon Padilla, Sempra Energy (ESWG Chair)   

Bhavesh Patel, Sanofi (Senior Advisor)   

Claire Prestwood, Cargill (WiS Steering Committee)   

Pranoti Surve, Philip Morris (PARC Steering Committee)  

Ryan Wildes, Mass General Brigham (MENA RC Chair)  


OSAC appreciates the interest and willingness of those who volunteered to assist with this very important initiative.  We will continue to keep membership apprised of its progress.



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