Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 19, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s 28th Annual Briefing, “Securing the Global and Virtual Organization,” at 11 a.m. on November 20 at the Department of State.

Secretary Kerry will focus on the critical role OSAC plays in an increasingly interconnected world where America’s ability to seize opportunities abroad is more important than ever before.

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 4,700 U.S. private sector organizations operating abroad. The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security administers the Council.

More than 1,000 public and private security professionals from U.S. based businesses, academia, faith-based institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the federal government will participate in the day’s program.

Secretary Kerry’s speech will be preceded by an address by Ryan Lance, CEO of the ConocoPhillips Company.

Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr and ConocoPhillips Company Chief Security Officer Jim Snyder will open the event with a discussion entitled, “The State of OSAC: Views from the OSAC Council Co-Chairs.”

The event will also include two panel discussions:

  • “The Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979: Public-Private Partnerships in Action”
  • “In Amenas, Algeria Attack: Survivor Perspectives”

Both the opening remarks and the Secretary’s remarks are open press coverage.

For opening remarks: Pre set for video cameras: 7:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

For the Secretary’s remarks: Final access for all press: 10:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

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).

For further information, please contact the Department of State Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492 or Fred Lash at or Gale Smith at from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

PRN: 2013/1442