Annual Report 2007-2008 - An Operational Review of CSIS Activities
The Minister of Public Safety issues National Requirements for Security Intelligence, which contain general direction from government regarding where CSIS should focus its investigative efforts, as well as guidance on the Service’s collection, analysis and advisory responsibilities.
The 2006-08 National Requirements directed CSIS to continue to maintain a flexible capability to meet Canada’s evolving security intelligence needs by relying on risk management. The Minister noted that today’s threat environment is increasingly international and transnational in nature, with many offshore threats to Canada’s security requiring foreign investigations. CSIS was therefore directed to continue to investigate threats to Canada’s security both within Canada and abroad.
For 2006-08, the Minister directed CSIS to pursue the following security intelligence priorities:
Under Section 6(2) of the CSIS Act, the Minister of Public Safety may issue written directions governing CSIS’s activities and investigations. The last time the Minister issued such direction was in 2001, when a compendium was provided to SIRC. In July 2008, however, SIRC received the latest Ministerial Direction for 2008-2009.
CSIS administrative, security, human resources and operational policies embody rules and procedures that govern the range of activities undertaken by the Service. Administrative, security and human resources policies are all internal corporate policies. Operational policies, which describe how CSIS employees should perform their duties, are updated regularly in accordance with government policy, legislative and other changes.
In 2007-08, CSIS revised and/or published over 140 policies. Also, more than 70 additional policies were initiated or under development during the same period. Many revisions were administrative in nature. The remainder were operational and pertained to, among others things, targeting levels and approvals process, as well as security screening and warrant powers. In addition, as part of a project launched by the Director in 2006-07, the Service continued its efforts to review all operational policies to determine where executive and management responsibilities must be delegated.
Section 8(4) of the CSIS Act states that the Governor-in-Council may issue regulations to the Service concerning the powers and duties of the Director of CSIS, as well as the conduct and discipline of Service employees.
The Governor-in-Council did not issue any regulations in 2007-08.