Operating context and key risks

While the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act specifies the Committee’s right of access to information and specific information limitations in the fulfillment of its mandate, departments and agencies have interpreted these rights and limitations differently. In most cases, departments and agencies provided the requested information in a comprehensive and timely manner. However, in other cases, the Committee and Secretariat have faced challenges in obtaining information for reasons that are inconsistent with NSICOP’s enabling legislation.

Key risks
Risks Risk response strategy and effectiveness Link to department’s Core Responsibilities
Inconsistent interpretation of information exceptions included in the NSICOP Act by the security and intelligence community. The Secretariat continued to engage members of the security and intelligence community at various levels to clarify the Committee’s statutory right to receive information, including up to the National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister.

The Secretariat will continue to engage all levels of departments and agencies on the Committee’s work and activities, and its rights of access to information.

The Secretariat expects this risk to diminish as organizations become accustomed to working with the Committee and its Secretariat.
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