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Assisting the U.S. Private Sector Overseas

OSAC logoThe economic and national prosperity of the United States depends on a strong and vigorous private sector that is able to conduct business safely and securely throughout the world.

In addition to protecting our people, information, and property, DS, through the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), works with the U.S. private sector on security issues abroad. The Council, one of the preeminent public-private partnerships in the United States today, was established in 1985 and is co-chaired by DS. It consists of 34 representatives from the U.S. Government and the American private sector that work together to promote open lines of communication between government and the U.S. business community on overseas security issues of mutual concern.

The Council operates an electronic database that can be accessed via the internet by OSAC's constituency. This database contains a directory of all Foreign Service posts by country, including regional security officers, police organizations, State Department travel advisories, security and crime situations, terrorism profiles, significant anniversary dates, and messages highlighting information of interest to American business travelers.

Since its inception, about 2,800 U.S. companies have sought assistance from the Council.

Please visit OSAC on the internet at: 

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