The Diplomatic Security 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 US Government personnel, information, and property.
When assigned overseas, DS agents are known as Regional Security Officers. The RSO is the Embassy’s senior US law enforcement official and advisor to the Ambassador on security matters. RSOs often work with other US 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
When assigned to a 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 US 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.
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.
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, the American private sector, including colleges and universities, is provided 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.
Although Fiji does not currently have an OSAC country council established, U.S. affiliated firms are welcome to contact the Regional Security Officer with questions or comments about the security environment in Fiji, or their firm’s security problems or posture. Send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00am to 5:30pm; Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, except for Fiji and U.S. public holidays.
Previously known as the United States Information Service, the Public Affairs Section advises the Ambassador on issues of public diplomacy, including media relations. The office conducts information programs on behalf of the U.S. government in Fiji. The Public Affairs Section also provides educational advising services. We work closely with other sections of the U.S. mission and with many Fijian organizations to encourage broader understanding of the United States and its relationship with Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. The Public Affairs 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 Fiji.
For further information please contact us.
Political & Economic Section
The Political & Economic Section closely follows political and economic developments in its 5 accredited countries – Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. 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 Religions Freedom Reports, Investment Climate Statements etc. This section also gives you links to major reports that the embassy produces and contributes to for each of the following countries:
If you would like more information on one of these areas, please contact us.
The Management Office is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Embassy. Administers the policies, regulations, and procedures governing the program for all U.S. employees, local employees, including eligible family members of U.S. Government Personnel assigned to the Mission.
The Management Officer has immediate oversight for the following sections:
- General Services Office
- Information Management Office
- Financial Management Center
- Human Resources Office
- Health Unit
- Community Liaison Office
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 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.
Regional Environmental Office
Because many of today’s environmental problems can best be addressed through regional cooperation, the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs established 12 regional environmental offices (REOs). One of these, the Pacific Regional Environmental Office, is located in the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji. This office tracks environmental developments in 16 Pacific island countries and territories, and works with Pacific governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental actors to strengthen and expand U.S. engagement with Pacific island countries in efforts that respond to the major environmental challenges facing the region.
The Pacific REO’s particular focal areas are;
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Biodiversity Protection
- Oceanic Fisheries Management
Apart from the environment, the REO also helps support U.S. activities in science, technology and health in the region. If you would like more information on one of these areas, please visit the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science website, or e-mail us:
Regional Environmental Officer, Stephanie Reed: ReedSL@state.gov
Regional Environmental Specialist, Maria Elder: ElderMB@state.gov