HIGH THREAT SECURITY OVERSEAS SEMINAR (HTSOS)
In response to evolving threats, the U.S. Department of State has increased required security training requirements to better educate and prepare travelers who are on foreign travel. This training requirement applies to U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens traveling on behalf of LBNL.
- DOE is requiring mandatory training be completed prior to foreign travel for certain countries
- The list of locations requiring the training is increasing and will continue to increase as described in the “Countries Requiring Additional Training” section below
- Foreign travel of less than 45 cumulative days in a calendar year requires completion of a 5-hour online course, see additional information in the HTSOS section below
Countries Requiring Additional Training
Currently there are 78 countries on the Department of States list that requires this training, 20 of these countries were added to the list on January 1, 2017. Some of the most traveled countries are: India and Mexico (only parts at this time).
This seminar is designed to provide participants with threat and situational awareness training against criminal and terrorist attacks while working in high threat regions. Participants will learn risk management, health management, surveillance detection, crime and personal protection, defensive driving, kidnapping prevention, minefield awareness and awareness of threats from explosives and countermeasures. It is an interactive e-Learning seminar available via the Internet, using a computer or mobile device.
- 8-module online course (estimated 5-hour duration)
- Tuition is $55, MUST be charged to a Lab travel card or Division’s Purchasing Card (PCard)
- Training certificate is valid for 5 years (for most countries)
To complete this course successfully, the traveler must pass every exam (exam after each module) with a score of 80% or better.
Once the traveler has completed the HTSOS course, they are to provide a copy of the certificate documenting the course is completed to Debbie Warner @ DLWarner@lbl.gov . At this time, the trip can then be submitted in the DOE system and a cable request can then be sent to the Embassy (Department of State). Once the cable is submitted for review and approvals, the copy of the certificate must be emailed to Department of State contacts for that country for their review process. Employees should carry a copy of their completion certificates with them on travel, as they must provide a copy upon request.