Director, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Message from the Director:
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is proud to direct the worldwide overseas building program for the Department of State. Working with other offices and bureaus, foreign affairs agencies, and Congress, OBO’s challenge is to set worldwide priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds.
Our primary mission is providing safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff as they work to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. The Department’s facilities should represent the best in American architecture, design, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.
Achieving excellence in all our efforts is guided by our new Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative. Through this program, OBO will produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects and represent American ideals - from dignity and stability to openness and innovation.
With Excellence, we are employing a collaborative and integrated approach that demands solutions that are creative, economical, and environmentally appropriate. Our environmental objectives include energy efficiency and innovative sustainable design.
In addition to constructing new facilities, OBO maintains the Department’s portfolio of legacy and culturally significant properties. Through Excellence, OBO will ensure that renovations and restorations preserve the integrity of the original design intent while bringing the properties up to contemporary standards.
Our Art in Embassies program is celebrating half a century of international cultural exchange this year by presenting a yearlong series of compelling, innovative programs and special events to showcase the important role the office has played in furthering U.S. diplomacy and soft power through the visual arts.
Each office, person, and action in OBO contributes to the realization of our goal and through its achievement provides the best value for the American taxpayer and the U.S. government tenants of our diplomatic platforms.
I am proud that we have made excellence the way forward at OBO.