Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 26, 2009

On September 21 – 22, 2009, the Department of State will share information and resources about overseas security threats with representatives from the private sector during the Private Sector Security Overseas Seminar (PSOS) at the Foreign Service Institute at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, VA. The seminar sessions highlight personal security training similar to that mandated for all employees assigned to U.S. missions abroad. In addition, Department of State representatives will outline the wide range of services available to private citizens overseas from U.S. embassy and consulate personnel.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) hosts the Private Sector Security Overseas Seminar in conjunction with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a public-private partnership created by the Department of State. OSAC analysts regularly advise American businesses, non-governmental and faith-based organizations, and academic institutions on numerous topics ranging from travel safety, criminal trends, and terrorist threats.

The Foreign Service Institute is the Federal Government's primary training institution for officers and support personnel of the U.S. foreign affairs community, preparing American diplomats and other professionals to advance U.S. foreign affairs interests overseas and in Washington. The Foreign Service Institute reaches out to share its security training expertise with the private sector three times during the year. It holds two Private Sector Security Overseas Seminars and one Study Abroad Administrators Security Overseas Seminar annually.

To register for the two-day course, Private Sector Security Overseas Seminar, organizations must first be members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (registration in OSAC is free; tuition is charged for the seminar) at http// Registration details are available at:


Kathe Conrad
Foreign Service Institute, (703) 302-7271

Jackee Schools
Overseas Security Advisory Council, (571) 345-2219

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State, (202-647-2492)

PRN: 2009/857