Access to Classified Information
To be effective, the Office of the Ombudsperson must have access to classified/confidential information which underlies individual listings. This is essential for a proper consideration and understanding of the delisting petition. As well, in relation to fairness it affords an opportunity for an independent and objective review of the classified/confidential material even if it can not be shared further by the Ombudsperson.
In order to facilitate access to such information, the Ombudsperson has been exploring with a wide range of States the possibility of entering into arrangements/agreements for the sharing of information. The results of these efforts are reflected in the schedule in Part I below.
As States face many practical and legal challenges to entering into such arrangements and agreements, there have also been discussions with some States about the possibility of ad hoc, case by case sharing of information. Part II below reflects the results, to date, of those discussions in so far as that information can be made public.
Arrangements/Agreements for Access to Confidential/Classified/Sensitive Information
The Office of the Ombudsperson has formal agreements and arrangements in place for Access to Confidential/Classified/Sensitive Information. As well, some States have been willing to share such information on an ad hoc basis without either an arrangement or agreement.