25 June 2012
22 Taurima Street
Dear Mr Grainger
. Official Information Act Request
Thank you for your e-mail of 13 June requesting,
under the provisions of the Official
Information Act 1982 (alA),
information relating to Top Secret (Special) security clearances
conducted by the NewZealand
Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS).
In your e-mail you ask:
"What a top secret special security clearance enables you to do that a "top secret"
security clearance won't satisfy for."
who may have frequent
access to the highest
national security information.
The clearance is unique in that it does not align to the
of material to be accessed.
There is no security classification
above Top Secret, and the Top Secret (Special) clearance does not by itself permit the
holder to access any particular type of material.
'The job title of each current holder of a top secret special security clearance, and the
agency that they work for."
This information is withheld pursuant to section 6(a) [prejudice security] of the alA.
"How the vetting for a top secret special security clearance differs from the vetting for
other security clearances."
to be disclosed
by the candidate,
enquiries are undertaken by the NZSIS and the threshold for a satisfactory assessment
is higher than that for a Top Secret security clearance.
has been withheld you have the right, under section 28(1) of the
OIA, to make a complaint to an Ombudsman and seek an investigation of my decision.
Dr Warren Tucker
Director of Security