ISE Mission Partners: Department of State

Department of State Overview

The primary responsibility of the U.S. Department of State and its employees is to implement foreign policy initiatives, protect U.S. interests abroad, and fight terrorism while building a freer, prosperous and secure world.  The State Department stewards the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding Priority Objective number 7 -- Update to the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Core Awareness Training (CAT). Click here to take the current version of the CAT training on our website.

Topic areas of the ISE CAT  include the evolution of its legal framework, its communities, organizations, and oversight, and privacy and civil liberties protections. The revised CAT is scheduled for release in January of 2015.

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) promotes security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. OSAC provides a forum for sharing best practices and provides the tools needed to cope with today’s ever-changing challenges and security-related issues abroad. The OSAC "Council" is comprised of 34 private sector and public sector member organizations that represent specific industries or agencies operating abroad. The member organizations designate representatives to serve on the Overseas Security Advisory Council to provide direction and guidance to develop programs that most benefit the U.S. private sector overseas. Today, over 5,000 U.S. companies, educational institutions, faith-based institutions, and non-governmental organizations are OSAC constituents. The OSAC public/private partnership is replicated at 142 overseas locations as Country Councils, bringing together diplomatic missions and private sector representatives in each region.

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