International Conference on Protecting the U.S. Private Sector Abroad

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 9, 2012

More than 1,000 public and private security professionals from the U.S. based businesses, academia, faith-based institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the federal government will gather at the State Department on November 14 for the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s (OSAC) 27th Annual Briefing, “Protecting Your Organization in a Changing World.”

Keynote speakers during the morning’s open sessions (in order of appearance) are:

· (8:50 am) Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Ambassador to China and former Governor of Utah, “China and the U.S.—Challenges and Opportunities”

· (9:35 am) Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides, Welcoming Remarks

· (11:00 am) Commissioner Roger S. Goodell, National Football League, “Public-Private Partnership to Mitigate Risks to U.S. Businesses when Working Abroad”

Ambassador Huntsman and Commissioner Goodell will take questions from the audience during their sessions. Speakers in sessions open to the press during Wednesday morning may be available for short informal stand-up interviews on-site.

Scott Bultrowicz, Director of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and John McClurg, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Dell Inc., will open the conference discussing, “The State of OSAC: Views from the Public/Private Co-Chairs.” (8:40 am)

All other OSAC sessions during the two-day meeting, November 14-15, will be closed to the media.

There will be a designated press section in the Dean Acheson Auditorium, and all reporters who intend to cover the sessions should RSVP to DS/Public Affairs by 5 pm, November 13 (see contact information at the end of this notice).

The morning session begins at 8:30 with press check-in by 8:15 am (23rd Street Entrance).

Pre-set time for video cameras is 7:45 am from the 23rd Street entrance. Reporters who wish to arrive later to cover only Commissioner Goodell’s session at 11:00 am must inform DS/PA when they register of their planned late arrival so that a staffer can meet them to ensure press credentialing and admittance through security.

The Overseas Security Advisory Council is a public-private partnership that facilitates the two-way exchange of security information between the U.S. Government and nearly 4,500 U.S. private sector organizations operating abroad. The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security administers the Council.

Media representatives may attend the open sessions upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo identification (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).


Barbara Gleason
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Diplomatic Security Public Affairs
(571) 345-7948 (office)
(703) 209-8819 (cell)

Gale Smith
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Diplomatic Security Public Affairs

DS Public Affairs
DOS Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2012/1770