Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 6, 2013

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) will host a meeting of the Industry Advisory Group (IAG) on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the U.S. Department of State, located at 2201 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. This advisory committee was formerly known as the Industry Advisory Panel.

In line with OBO’s renewed commitment to Design Excellence, the charter has been amended to better serve the needs of the Bureau. The panel now consists of 35 professionals, who will advise the Bureau on areas of research and development, acquisition and sales, planning, program development, design, engineering, construction, historic preservation, sustainability, natural hazards, emergency operations, security, operations, and maintenance.

This committee serves the U.S. government in a solely advisory capacity concerning industry and academia's latest concepts, methods, best practices, innovations and ideas related to OBO's mission to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives.

The public may attend this meeting as seating capacity allows. Admittance to the State Department building will be by means of a pre-arranged clearance list. Those interested are encouraged to visit OBO’s website,, and request to be added to the distribution list for meeting registration requirements and updates. A meeting notice will be published in the Federal Register prior to April 5th, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

For further information, please contact OBO’s Director of External Affairs, Christine Foushee, at or at (703) 875-4131.

PRN: 2013/0131