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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) recently completed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 independent evaluation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI’s) information security program and practices as required by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA). FISMA requires federal agencies to establish agency-wide, risk-based security programs for the information systems that support the agency, including those systems provided or managed by another agency or operated by contractors. FISMA prescribes an annual self-assessment and independent evaluation of an agency’s information security program and practices. The ODNI Chief Information Officer conducts the annual self-assessment and the ICIG performs the annual independent evaluation.

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Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael K. Atkinson, along with the Inspectors General from the United States Department of Justice, National Geospatial-Intelligence Office, and National Security Agency, attended the annual meeting of the Five Eyes Intelligence Oversight and Review Council (the FIOR Council) held in London from October 15-17, 2019. Each of the Five Eyes countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, has organizations responsible for examining the legality of its intelligence activities. During this year’s conference, hosted by the United Kingdom’s Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO), representatives gave updates on developments in their jurisdictions, changes in legislation, and good practice to date. Participants explored ways of encouraging transparency and enhancing public trust while maintaining national security requirements. The participants also discussed the importance of independence.

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) recently completed an audit of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) implementation of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) (AUD-2019-003). The objective of the audit was to assess the actions taken over the prior, most recent, two-year period to carry out the requirements of CISA.

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On October 22, 2019, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) sent a letter on behalf of 67 Inspectors General to the Honorable Steven A. Engel, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). In its letter, CIGIE expresses support for the position taken by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG), as set forth in the ICIG’s earlier letter to OLC, dated September 17, 2019. In its letter of support, CIGIE stated, “[W]e agree with the ICIG that the OLC opinion creates a chilling effect on effective oversight and is wrong as a matter of law and policy. We urge you to reconsider the conclusions of the OLC opinion and withdraw or modify it.” CIGIE also concluded that: “OLC substituted its judgment and reversed a determination the statute specifically entrusted to the ICIG because of its independence, objectivity, and expertise to credibly assess the information. In our view, the OLC’s opinion undermines the independence of the ICIG and wrongly interprets the respective roles and responsibilities of IGs and agency heads under the ICWPA [Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act].”

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) engaged the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) workforce with a National Compliance Officer Day event on September 26, 2019. The outreach program was held at ODNI Headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

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The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) processes complaints or information with respect to alleged urgent concerns in accordance with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA) and the ICIG’s authorizing statute. With respect to the whistleblower complaint received by the ICIG on August 12, 2019, the ICIG processed and reviewed the complaint in accordance with the law.