About OSAC

About OSAC

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.

The OSAC "Council" is comprised of 34 private sector and public sector member organizations that represent specific industries or agencies operating abroad. The member organizations designate representatives to serve on the Overseas Security Advisory Council to provide direction and guidance to develop programs that most benefit the U.S. private sector overseas. The Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) implemented the following recommendations for OSAC: to create the OSAC website, to create a Country Council Program, and to develop a Research and Information Support Center (RISC). A primary goal of OSAC is to develop an effective security communication network, consequently, OSAC invited all U.S. businesses, academia, faith-based groups, and non-governmental organizations to become constituents. There is no cost involved with OSAC constituency.

Authority

The Council is established under authority of the Secretary of State pursuant to 22 U.S.C. § 2656 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., and its regulations, 41 C.F.R. Part 102-3. The approval of this Charter by the Under Secretary for Management constitutes a determination by the Secretary of State that the activities of the Council are determined to be in the public interest and are directly related to overseas security functions of the Department of State.

History

The increase in terrorism over the last 30 years and the continuing threat against U.S. interests overseas has forced many American companies to seek advice and assistance from the U.S. Government, particularly the State Department. In 1985, a handful of chief executive officers from prominent American companies met with then Secretary of State George P. Shultz to promote cooperation between the American private sector worldwide and the U.S. Government on security issues. The subsequent establishment of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) has developed into an enormously successful joint venture. Today, over 4,700 U.S. companies, educational institutions, faith-based institutions, and non-governmental organizations are OSAC constituents. OSAC provides a forum for sharing best practices and provides the tools needed to cope with today’s ever-changing challenges and security-related issues abroad.

OSAC: A Public/Private Sector Partnership
Private sector member organizations are selected from OSAC’s constituency and normally serve for two to six-year terms. Representatives of the member organizations meet quarterly and participate in sub-committees tasked with specific projects, such as the protection of business information and mitigating the effects of transnational crime. Under OSAC leadership, annual goals and objectives are initiated, discussed, evaluated, and assigned. The original five-year strategic plan is now reviewed annually to keep the goals and objectives of the OSAC up-to-date with the needs of the constituency. The OSAC is chaired by the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and co-chaired by a selected representative of the private sector. Any organization interested in serving on the OSAC should complete the attached questionnaire and return to the OSAC office (open attachment).

The following sub-committees were created to support new objectives for the OSAC. The strategic plan outlines a purpose to protect American interests overseas by promoting public-private security partnerships through leadership, information sharing, and innovation.

Executive Working Group (EWG)

The Executive Working Group (EWG) provides the leadership and strategic direction of the OSAC and sub-committee initiatives. The EWG reviews and assists with the successful completion and implementation of all committee objectives.

Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence (FI)

The mission of the committee is to foster comprehensive information-sharing strategies; to leverage emerging technologies; and to deliver relevant and timely security information to the OSAC constituency.

Committee for Outreach and Engagement (OE)

The committee will promote and sustain the Country Council program overseas and expand OSAC’s opportunities to provide service by identifying and engaging a broader and more diverse constituency of public and private organizations.

Committee on Risk and Information Sharing (RI)

The committee will promote the timely collection and dissemination of relevant information among the public and private sector on threats and other issues that will enable constituents to reach informed decisions on their respective global activities.

ALUMNI COMMITTEE

The Alumni Committee stands ready to provide temporary assistance to the OSAC committees. This group of highly experienced professionals continues making contributions to improve OSAC.

MEMBERS (dated 11/25/2013) REPRESENTATIVE SUB-COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT
1. Accenture LLP Mr. Timothy Weir
Director of Corporate Security
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
2. ARAMARK Corporation Mr. Louis Reigel
Vice President – Security
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
3. Ball Corporation Mr. Pete Short
Director, Corporate Security
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
4. Cargill Incorporated Mr. Claude Nebel
Vice President & Director, Global Security
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
5. ConocoPhillips Company Mr. James Snyder
Chief Security Officer
Co-Chairman and Executive Working Group
6. Dow Corning Corporation Mr. Kevin Kendrick
Executive Director Global Security
Executive Working Group 
7. Education Development Center Mr. Ira Russ
Director, International Security
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
8. Ernst & Young LLP Mr. John Imhoff
Director – Office of Firm Security
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
9. Hyatt Hotels Corporation Mr. Mark Sanna
Vice President, Global Security
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
10. InterAction (American Council for Voluntary International Action) Mr. Laky Pissalidis
Director of Security
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
11. Mars, Incorporated. Mr. Scott W. Sheafe
Global Security Director
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
12. McGraw Hill Financials Mr. Robert A. Pritchard
Vice President and Chief Security Officer
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
13. MeadWestvaco Mr. Jonathan Blumberg
Director, Corporate Security
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
14. Merck & Co. Inc. Mr. Grant Ashley
Vice President, Global Security
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
15. Microsoft Corporation Mr. Mike Howard
General Manager – Global Security
Chairperson, Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
16. Monsanto Company Mr. Peter Sullivan
Director, Global Security
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
17. NYSE Euronext, Inc. Mr. Brian Gimlett
Senior Vice President, Security
Committee for Outreach and Engagement 
18. Pepperdine University Mr. Earl B. Carpenter
Director and Associate Vice President of Public Safety
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
19. Principal Financial Group Ms. Sandy Cowie
Director – Corporate Security & Business Continuity
Chairperson, Committee for Outreach and Engagement
20. Raytheon Company Mr. Daniel E. Schlehr
Vice President, Global Security Services
Executive Working Group
21. Soros Fund Management LLC Ms. Hinda Perdreaux
Director of Corporate Security
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
22. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Mr. Paul Frederick
Vice President, Security and Safety
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
23. Target Corporation Mr. Ralph Boelter
Vice President Corporate Security
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
24. The Walt Disney Company Mr. Ronald Iden
Senior Vice President
Executive Working Group
25. U.S. Agency for International Development Mr. Mark Webb
Director of Security, Acting
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
26. U.S. Department of Commerce Mr. Danny Devito
Senior Advisor
Global Markets International Trade Administration
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
27. U.S. Department of State Mr. Robert Reed
OSAC Executive Director
Executive Working Group
28. United Airlines, Inc. Mr. Richard Davis
Managing Director Security
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
29. University of California Ms. Ines DeRomana
Director, Health, Security, and Emergency Response
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
30. Verizon International Mr. Michael Mason
Chief Security Officer
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
31. VISA Inc. Mr. Don Hill
Head of Global Corporate Real Estate
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing

Information is shared with the private sector through four principal means: OSAC the “Council,” the Research and Information Support Staff (RISC), the Country Council and Special Interest Programs, and the OSAC website.

The OSAC "Council" leads the organization and sets its strategic direction, goals and objectives. This structure ensures the goals are set by the private sector with public sector support.

The Research and Information Support Center (RISC) is staffed with analysts dedicated solely to the needs of the U.S. private sector. RISC analysts gauge threats to U.S. business investment, personnel, facilities, and intellectual property abroad. With access to a broad range of classified and unclassified reporting from American embassies abroad, as well as open source information, analysts track social, political, and economic issues that impact the security of the U.S. private sector operating overseas. RISC is comprised of three distinct units: Outreach Programs, Regional Analysis, and Global Security.

Country Councils replicate the OSAC public/private partnership at over 140 overseas locations bringing together the American embassy or consulate with the private sector regional manager to share information about security issues of mutual concern in the region. These councils encourage managers of U.S. organizations to organize themselves to cope with security-related problems by pooling their resources. Key representatives of these councils and embassy security officers, as well as other post officials, develop working relationships to create an exchange of information through which pertinent security information is shared in a timely fashion. For more information on the Country Councils, click on the Country Council section for a list of Councils operating around the world and their specific websites located on the home page.

The OSAC Website is the focal point for the exchange of unclassified information on security related incidents and threats overseas between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. private sector.  Information on the OSAC website that constituents can access includes the following as well as embassy and consulate warden messages linked through the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

•    "Global Security" reports with the latest on major security incidents around the world
•    Security-specific coverage of major events such as the Olympics, the World Cup, the economic summit meetings of the G8, and the World Economic Forum, with continual freshening of information on threats
•    Security-focused reporting searchable by region and/or topic
•    A resource library packed with expertise on contingency planning, plus model presentations that constituents can adapt for briefing their own personnel

Along with the thirty-four member Council, OSAC uses technical advisors from the U.S. Government and subject-matter experts from the private sector to assist the sub-committees with special projects. The current OSAC technical advisors are listed below.

TECHNICAL ADVISORS (dated 11/25/2013) SUB-COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT
1. Federal Bureau of Investigation Mr. Michael Welch Assistant
Director International Operations Division
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
2. International Association of Chiefs of Police Mr. Bart Johnson
Executive Director
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
3. Northwestern University Ms. Julie Friend
Director, Office of Global Safety and Security
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
4. Office of the Director of National Intelligence Ms. Elena Kim-Mitchell
Director, Private Sector Partnerships
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
5. Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive Gene Barlow
Deputy Director for Public Affairs and Outreach
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
6. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Mr. Brendan O’Brien
Director, Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management
Committee for Outreach and Engagement
7. Transportation Security Administration Mr. Mark Livingston
Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Intelligence and Analysis
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
8. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Demetri Vacalis, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science, OSEP
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
9. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mr. Troy A. Miller
Assistant Commissioner, Acting Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
10. U.S. Department of Energy Mr. Wayne Leach
Deputy Director for International Operations and Management
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
11. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ms. Jennifer Lasley
Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis
Committee on Risk and Information Sharing
12. U.S. Department of Justice Mr. Bruce Ohr
Counselor for Transnational Organized Crime
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence
13. United States Secret Service Mr. Paul Morrissey
Assistant Director Office of Investigation
Committee for Fostering Innovation and Operational Excellence

OSAC Executive Office
The Executive Office is comprised of a staff of twenty-nine, including two senior Special Agents from the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) who act as the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director, OSAC Program Specialist, two Executive Assistants, and the Research and Information Support Center (RISC).

OSAC's Commitment
The Overseas Security Advisory Council is committed to providing the American private sector with customer service of the highest standard. Since OSAC is a joint venture with the private sector, we strive to maintain standards equal to or surpassing those provided by private industry. OSAC activities directly correspond to requests from the private sector.

OSAC has received exceptional support for its initiatives from the chief executive officers and corporate security directors of many of the largest international organizations in the United States. The State Department and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security recognize the need in OSAC’s goal to support the U.S. private sector by continuing to develop an effective and cost-efficient security information and communication network that will provide the private sector with the tools needed to cope with security-related issues in the foreign environment. OSAC’s unique charter and continued success serve as an example of the benefits of mutual cooperation.

Mission

The U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (Council) is established to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide (Private Sector) and the U.S. Department of State.

The objectives of the Council as outlined in its Charter are:

A. To establish continuing liaison and to provide for operational security cooperation between State Department security functions and the Private Sector.
B. To provide for regular and timely interchange of information between the Private Sector and the State Department concerning developments in the overseas security environment.
C. To recommend methods and provide material for coordinating security, innovation, planning and implementation of security programs.
D. To identify methods to mitigate risks to American private sector interests worldwide.

For more information on the Federal Advisory Committees (FACA) go to the General Services Administration website at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21242.