Declassification program

Scott made this Official Information request to New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Response to this request is long overdue. By law New Zealand Security Intelligence Service should have responded by now (details and exceptions). The requester can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Scott

Dear New Zealand Security Intelligence Service,

I would like to request copies of the following documents:

ONE: The NZSIS Declassification Policy

TWO: The NZSIS Declassification Criteria

THREE: The NZSIS Declassification Governance Framework

FOUR: For the 18-month proof of concept declassifcation pilot that ended June 2023, I would like to request whatever report was produced as an outcome of this pilot

FIVE: The Business Case for the NZSIS Declassification Program that began June 2023

SIX: The sections of the Capability Directorate Annual Business Plans for 2023 and 2024 that deal with the Declassification Program (which I understand falls within this directorate)

SEVEN: For the PSR Self-Assessment Reports completed by NZSIS in 2023 and in 2024, the answers supplied by NZSIS for the questions related to the 2022 NZ Classifcation System Policy update (including any written responses and documents included as attachments in answers to these questions)

EIGHT: The membership list (name, agency/organisation and job title) and terms of reference for the Declassification Panel, and any reports and minutes produced by this group

In terms of Section 16(2) of the OIA my preference is to receive copies of these documents, rather than an excerpt or summary.

Yours faithfully,

Scott

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From: OIA Privacy
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Tēnā koe,

Thank you for your Official Information Act request.

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than 20 working days after the day that your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact [NZSIS request email].

Ngā mihi,
NZSIS

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From: OIA Privacy
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Tēnā koe Scott,

We refer to your OIA request of 16 May 2024 outlined below.

The OIA requires that we advise you of our decision on your request no later than 20 working days after the day that we received your request. Unfortunately, it will not be possible for us to meet that time limit on this occasion, as the consultations necessary for us to complete making a decision on your request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit. We are therefore writing to notify you of an extension of the time limit under section 15A(1)(b) of the OIA, to 12 July 2024.

Despite this extension, we will provide you with our response as soon as practicable.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman regarding our decision to extend the time limit. Information about how to make a complaint is available at http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/ or by phoning 0800 802 602.

Ngā mihi
NZSIS

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From: OIA Privacy
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Tēnā koe Scott,

We are writing to advise that a decision has been made on your request.

We confirm we hold information that falls within the scope of your request and where possible it will be released to you. Some information will, however, need to be withheld under the following provisions of the Official Information Act:

Section 6(a), where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the Government of New Zealand;
Section 6(b)(i), where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the entrusting of information to the Government of New Zealand on a basis of confidence by the Government of any other country or any agency of such a Government;
Section 9(2)(a), to protect the privacy of natural persons, including that of deceased natural persons;
Section 9(2)(h), to maintain legal professional privilege;
Section 18(d), the information requested is or will soon be publicly available.

We will provide the information to you as soon as possible.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/ or freephone 0800 802 602.

Ngā mihi
NZSIS

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