State Department Makes Public Final Recommendations of Best Practices Panel and Progress in Implementing its Recommendations

Washington, DC - Today, the State Department made public the report of the Best Practices Panel (BPP), as well as a fact sheet detailing the State Department’s successful efforts to implement 38 recommendations from the panel to better evaluate and improve organization and management of U.S. security platforms.

These actions represent another key step in implementing the independent Benghazi Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) guidance. Secretary Kerry has focused the Department on implementing the ARB’s recommendations to ensure that we are keeping our personnel safe while serving in a world of increasingly complex security challenges.

The independent ARB on December 19, 2012, issued 29 recommendations. Recommendation four called on the Department to establish a panel of independent military, security and humanitarian experts to identify best practices from other agencies and countries to evaluate U.S. security platforms at high risk, high threat posts. The Department subsequently convened the BPP, composed of five security professionals from several agencies and an international organization. The BPP delivered its final report to the Department on August 29, 2013.

The Panel’s work complemented the review by the independent ARB, adding critical context from the practices of other countries and agencies, as well as the private sector. The BPP made 40 recommendations, and the Department accepted 38. Many recommendations built upon those made by the Benghazi ARB including: establishing a Department-wide risk management model and policy; increasing hard-skills training for the foreign affairs community; and developing a security accountability framework. The Panel emphasized the importance of clear communication strategies on security matters.

The Department appreciates the work of the BPP and will continue the process of implementing its recommendations. The security of Department personnel worldwide remains an ongoing priority for the Secretary and Department leadership.

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