March 2020 - National Security and Intelligence Review and Oversight Coordination Secretariat (NSIROCS) - Susan Cole

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  • Led implementation of the Policy on Results at Fisheries and Oceans
  • 15+ years of experience in the evaluation and performance measurement field


  • To provide effective internal and external coordination of responses to reviews from the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) and the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA)
  • Acts as the Secretariat for the Defence Intelligence Oversight Board, the highest ranking integrated Defence Intelligence body providing strategic management and internal oversight of DND/CAF Defence Intelligence programs, administration and activities

Key facts

Total Employees:

  • 11 civilian + 2 military


  • Total: $ 1.2M

Primary location(s):

  • 101 Colonel By Drive (Pearkes Building)


  • Executive Director reports directly to the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff (via Director of Staff - Strategic Joint Staff)

Key Partners


  • Canadian Forces Intelligence Command
  • Strategic Joint Staff
  • Office of the Judge Advocate General
  • Canadian Forces Legal Advisor
  • Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)
  • Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)

External (including other government departments):

  • National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP)
  • National Security and Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA)
  • Security and Intelligence community

Top issues for the national security and intelligence review and oversight coordination secretariat

Significant Interest in DND/CAF from External Review Bodies

  • Several NSICOP reviews have had implications for DND/CAF
  • Two NSIRA reviews impacting DND/CAF [REDACTED]
  • External reviews are new and have posed challenges for the department, such as record keeping practices, multiple IT systems, and a culture shift towards more open sharing of information, including highly sensitive material
  • DND/CAF is working to address issues with new structures and processes

NSICOP Recommendations

  • NSICOP 2018 Annual Report [REDACTED] recommended that the Government of Canada, [REDACTED] introduce “explicit legislative authority for Defence Intelligence”
  • DND/CAF is exploring options to address the recommendation.

Portrayal of DND/CAF in NSICOP Reports

  • Two NSICOP reports (2019 Annual Report, [REDACTED]) will be tabled by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons and Senate, likely in January/February 2020

DND/CAF is preparing public responses to both reports


Diversity and Inclusion Chapter in NSICOP Annual Report 2019


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