NCTC Transparency

NCTC Transparency

Pursuant to Section 5602(a) and (b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), including the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and the Department of Justice (DOJ), jointly produced two reports on domestic terrorism, which provided data as of the end of FY 2019. Section 5602(d) requires the Director of the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the DNI, to jointly submit to the appropriate Congressional committees annual updates to those reports. This report constitutes the annual updates for FY 2020 and FY 2021. Click here to download.


Today, the ODNI publicly released the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Implementation Procedures for the ODNI Intelligence Activities Procedures Approved by the Attorney General Pursuant to Executive Order 12333 (NCTC Implementation Procedures) to provide appropriate transparency to the American people concerning NCTC’s counterterrorism mission and its protection of privacy and civil liberties. In January 2021, ODNI issued the first Attorney General-approved procedures specifically tailored to all of ODNI and governing all of ODNI’s intelligence activities. Those procedures required ODNI’s NCTC to develop supplementary procedures to address NCTC’s additional statutory collection authority. The NCTC Implementation Procedures fulfill that requirement and also provide more specific guidance to NCTC personnel regarding the application of certain aspects of the ODNI procedures to NCTC intelligence activities.


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) recently approved minimization procedures that permit the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) to receive certain unevaluated counterterrorism information acquired pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978, as amended. Click here to download.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governs NCTC's access to the Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) data collected pursuant to the reporting authority contained in the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The redacted MOU places restrictions on the NCTC's access and provides protections to the data. Click here to download.

A White Paper that describes how NCTC has implemented its Attorney General Guidelines-mandated baseline safeguards, as well as the compliance checks/audits of NCTC’s adherence to those safeguards. Click here to download.

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