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					           OSAC Website:
             A User’s Guide
              www.osac.gov

    Overseas Security Advisory Council
          U.S. Department of State
        Bureau of Diplomatic Security

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    What is OSAC?
     The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) is a Federal
     Advisory Committee with a U.S. Government Charter to
     promote security cooperation between American business
     and private sector interests worldwide and the U.S.
     Department of State

     OSAC currently encompasses the core Executive Council, an
     Executive Office, over 100 Country Councils, more than
     3,500 constituent member organizations, 375 associates, and
     four U.S. Government Agencies (U.S. Department of
     Treasury, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S.
     Department of Commerce) plus the U.S. Chamber of
     Commerce

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    OSAC Website: A User’s Guide
     The OSAC web site is the focal point for the exchange of
     unclassified information between the U.S. Department of
     State (DoS), other government agencies, and the U.S. private
     sector on security-related incidents and threats overseas

     Some of the information accessible from the web site includes
     DoS travel warnings, public announcements, daily security
     related news articles, overseas reports on security and crime
     incidents, terrorist group profiles, security related events, and
     updates on new or unusual situations



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    Getting Started
                To register your organization as an OSAC
                constituent, click on the JOIN OSAC link
                shown below




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    Registration
                                   Create your user
                                   account by following the
                                   directions on this page

                                   The OSAC
                                   administrative office will
                                   verify the status of your
                                   organization as a U.S.
                                   private sector entity and
                                   confirm your registration


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    Add Users to Your Organization
     Use this form to create new user accounts
     for multiple members of your organization
     The designated Point of Contact for each
     constituent organization is responsible for
     authorizing new accounts
     If you are a member of an
     organization that is
     already a constituent, but
     do not know your Point of
     Contact, use the Contact
     OSAC link for help

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    Existing Users
     Click on Login/Register from the OSAC home page to log on
     for exclusive content such as Hot Topic reports, etc.

     When the User Login
     page displays, enter your
     user identification and
     password, and click on
     Submit




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    Contact OSAC
     If you are experiencing difficulties with the OSAC web site or
     have questions that are not answered in this help system,
     click on Contact OSAC from the top of any page




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    About the Homepage
     The OSAC website features several sections allowing you to
     quickly access the daily newsletter, reports, resource library
     documents, use the search tool, etc.




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     News
      News items are displayed on the OSAC web site by clicking
      on the News section as shown below
      News items are compiled by OSAC coordinators using open
      media and other sources
      You can customize the news articles you receive by region or
      by country in your newsletter settings under “My OSAC”




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     Newsletter
      OSAC Global Security News is
      distributed every day (once on
      weekends) both via email and
      on the website

      News articles are linked for
      global security stories as well
      as for information security
      issues

      You can register to receive the
      newsletter on the OSAC
      homepage
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     Incident Reporting
                    Use the form below to report incidents or
                    critical issues that have affected your
                    organization's operations overseas

                    Select categories that relate to the
                    incident from the list of available
                    categories
                                          Add any additional
                                          details regarding the
                                          incident in the space
                                          provided


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     Navigation Bar
      Use the navigation bar
      along the left hand column
      to browse the most helpful
      and frequently used
      resources on the OSAC
      website




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     “My OSAC”
      The My OSAC section of
      the OSAC web site allows
      you to update your user
      and organization profiles,
      set your newsletter
      preferences, change your
      password, and report on
      and search for incidents

      Note: You must be
      logged on to the OSAC
      web site for the My OSAC
      section to be available

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     Reports
      OSAC Reports are the
      composite of information
      reporting that OSAC is
      traditionally known for

      All safety and security
      information is available to the
      general public, other reports
      may only be accessed by
      constituents with a logon



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     Events
      In the events section you
      will find announcements for
      upcoming Country Council
      meetings, OSAC annual
      and regional conferences,
      and other special events of
      note




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     Resource Library
      The resource library compiles
      useful documents, weblinks, and
      original reports addressing a
      wide variety of security issues

      Articles in the resource library
      are authored by a variety of U.S.
      government agencies,
      authoritative private sector
      constituents, and OSAC staff



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     Country Councils
      OSAC Country Councils are an
      overseas extension of OSAC
      and provide a forum for effective
      communication between the U.S.
      Embassy and the American
      private sector in a given country

      Country Councils provide
      participants the latest security
      related information, educational
      seminars, and information-
      sharing when confronting today's
      security threats

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     Search Tool
      Use the quick search tool
      at the top of the website
      or the advance search
      tool in the navigation bar
      to find reports and related
      information on regions,
      countries, and issues of
      interest




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     Consular Affairs Updates
      U.S. Department of
      State, Consular Affairs-
      issued Travel Warnings,
      Public Announcements,
      and Warden Messages
      are all conveniently
      published in a single
      location on the OSAC
      website




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     Region / Country Specific Coverage
      You can quickly access
      information and reports
      related to a specific region
      or country by using the drop-
      down menus in the top
      toolbar on the OSAC
      website




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     Country Profile / RSO Information
      In the Country Profile section you will find links to Post RSO
      contact information and OSAC Country Council websites
      where they exist




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     Country Council Websites
                                     Information relevant to a
                                     specific city or country may
                                     be found on the dedicated
                                     OSAC Country Council
                                     websites, which can be
                                     found at:
                                     –   Post name.osac.gov

                                     Examples include:
                                     Italy.osac.gov and
                                     Baghdad.osac.gov


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                                                           Lauren E. D’Amore
     www.OSAC.gov                                         Sub-Saharan Africa
                                                         Regional Coordinator
      OSAC is your primary source
      for global security information                                   OSAC
      and to the U.S. Government                     U.S. Department of State
      community                                  Bureau of Diplomatic Security

      The OSAC website is your
      portal to accessing vital news
      information, reports, and
      resources for your safe
      operations overseas




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