Sections & Offices

The Diplomatic Security (DS) Service is a unique organization in the Federal law enforcement community: DS Special Agents work in all 50 states and nearly every Embassy and Consulate around the world. DS’s broad global responsibilities are focused on protecting U.S. government personnel, information, and property.

When assigned overseas, DS agents are known as Regional Security Officers (RSO). The RSO is the Embassy’s senior U.S. law enforcement official and advisor to the Ambassador on security matters. RSOs often work with other U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies when their criminal investigations take on an international dimension and maintain close working relationships with host country security and law enforcement entities.

If you have information on security or criminal matters that would be of interest to the Embassy (such as locally generated or organized threats to the Embassy or its personnel, or the illegal issuance, use, or manufacture of passports or visas), please send an e-mail to PortMoresbyRSO@state.gov.

When assigned to a domestic field office in the United States, DS Special Agents enforce the laws of the United States pertaining to the illegal issuance, use, or manufacture of passports and visas, as well as assisting foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. DS agents also protect the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. On the average, DS participates in more than 150 foreign and domestic dignitary details each year, protecting such diverse individuals as the Secretary General of NATO, Yasser Arafat, and special guests such as the Dalai Lama.

Rewards for Justice Program

The Rewards for Justice Program has been an effective tool in the fight against international terrorism. The Program has paid more than $57 million dollars for information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring to justice those involved in prior acts. If you have information regarding terrorism, please see the DS-sponsored Rewards for Justice homepage to learn if you may be eligible to receive up to a US $25,000,000 reward for information that prevents or frustrates an act of international terrorism against US interests worldwide, or leads to the arrest or capture of wanted terrorists.

Overseas Security Advisory Council

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was established in 1985 by the U.S. Department of State to foster the exchange of security related information between the U.S. Government and American private sector operating abroad. Administered by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, OSAC has developed into an enormously successful joint venture for effective security cooperation. Through OSAC, Diplomatic Security and the American private sector, including colleges and universities, share timely information on which to make informed corporate decisions on how best to protect their investment, facilities, personnel and intellectual property abroad. Please see the OSAC website for more details.

For information on Port Moresby’s OSAC country council, U.S. affiliated firms are welcome to contact the Regional Security Office with questions or comments about the security environment in Papua New Guinea, or their firm’s security problems or posture. Please send an e-mail to PortMoresbyRSO@state.gov

The Political & Economic Section closely follows political and economic developments in its three accredited countries – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The section also shares information on U.S. policy and issues of mutual interest and serves as an important liaison between the U.S. and leaders in its accredited countries, through the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Each year, the Political & Economic Section contributes and produces major country reports such as the Country Background Notes, Human Rights Report, International Religious Freedom Report, etc.  This section also gives you links to major reports that the embassy produces and contributes to for each of the following countries:

Papua New Guinea

Solomon Islands

Vanuatu

The Public Diplomacy Section conducts information programs and provides educational services.  We work closely with other sections of the U.S. mission and with many Papua New Guinea organizations to encourage broader understanding of the United States and its relationship with Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  The Public Diplomacy Section provides information to journalists and officials who need current information about the United States and U.S. policy; scholars and teachers who desire links to authoritative sources of information; business leaders who would like information about trade with the U.S; and other persons who want quick access to information about the U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea.

Office of the U.S. Health Affairs Attaché

With strategic investments in global health, we will spur progress in economic development, job creation, education, agricultural development, gender equity, and political stability. These are goals with a global impact; the health and stability of countries around the world have a direct impact on the security and prosperity of the United States.      

                                     Obama Administration

The United States Health Affairs Attaché Office (HAAO) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) coordinates the regional inter-agency health team serving as the principal health advisor to the U.S. mission and as the regional advisor to the U. S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) on global and public health related matters.  The HAAO’s primary purpose is to advance the strategic health interests of the U.S. and support the goals of the many U.S. government departments and agencies in the area of health.  The office advocates for strategic health assistance for the nations of the South Pacific by keeping leadership informed on the wide range of health challenges and successes in the region.

The U.S. government regards foreign health assistance as a pillar in its diplomacy and development work and recognizes the importance it plays in strengthening and stabilizing governments around the world.  The development of a nation’s road map to sustainability must be approached with the understanding that working together and deriving consensus yields the greatest potential for enduring impact and fiscal stewardship.  A lack of planning and coordination can impede effective government action and foreign assistance funding.  The HAAO assists the nations of the South Pacific in:

  1. Strengthening health systems,
  2. Increasing research capacity and capability,
  3. Encouraging public private partnerships and academic exchange,
  4. Strengthening public health emergencies management capacity,
  5. Identifying health security threats, and
  6. Developing sustainable solutions to the many health challenges.

Contact our office
Office of the Health Affairs Attaché, Papua New Guinea
PO Box 1492, Douglas Street
Port Moresby, NCD 121
Papua New Guinea
USHealthAttachePNG@State.gov

U.S. Defense Attaché Office (USDAO) Suva coordinates defense engagement and security cooperation activities in the Southwest Pacific, specifically the countries of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. USDAO Suva works on behalf of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) , and the U.S. Ambassadors in Suva and Port Moresby to administer a variety of defense and security sector programs. USDAO Suva’s overarching intent is to improve the capacity of Pacific Island Countries’ military, police, and government officials to respond to domestic and regional emergencies and disasters, deploy to peacekeeping and contingency operations, secure the maritime domain, and safeguard their citizens. Key programs supported by USDAO Suva include:

  • Providing education and training opportunities for government officials at U.S. defense courses, the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), and regional conferences.
  • Providing military equipment through sales and grants.
  • Partnering with Pacific Island countries on medical, humanitarian assistance, and peacekeeping exercises.
  • Coordinating aircraft overflights and landings, ship visits and transits, and official visits.
  • Recovering U.S. personnel remains from the Second World War.
  • Coordinating U.S. Coast Guard port inspections, fisheries enforcement training, and search and rescue operations.