Inquiry into the use of external security consultants – NZSIS statement

Director-General of Security, Rebecca Kitteridge, has welcomed the release of the State Sector Act Inquiry into the Use of External Security Consultants by Government Agencies carried out by Doug Martin and Simon Mount.

Email correspondence between an NZSIS staff member and a Director of Thompson and Clark Investigations Limited (TCIL) was publicly released under the Official Information Act on 19 June 2018.

The interaction between the NZSIS staff member and TCIL was the subject of an internal investigation by NZSIS. The investigation found that the tone of the correspondence did not meet the standards expected of NZSIS staff under the Code of Conduct. The breach was however, at the lower end of the scale and there was no evidence of a commercial provider receiving an advantage.

“As I said at the time, I expect high standards of professionalism and conduct from all NZSIS staff,” said Ms Kitteridge.

“This matter has been dealt with by NZSIS management as an employment matter,” Ms Kitteridge said.

The State Sector Act Inquiry has agreed with the conclusion of the NZSIS investigation. 

The NZSIS also reviewed internal polices, processes and guidance for staff engaging with private sector security consultants. There is now a specific policy in place to guide Protective Security Requirements staff in their interactions with private sector security consultants. 

The NZSIS has never engaged TCIL, or any other private security company, to carry out work of any nature.

A copy of the correspondence NZSIS has provided to the Inquiry is available for download here.

The NZSIS also provided other information to the State Sector Act Inquiry to assist them in the investigation.

The following documents were provided to the Inquiry:

  • Conflict of interest register
  • NZSIS Policy – Privacy
  • ‘Whistleblowing’ – superseded by ‘Making a Protected Disclosure Policy’ (July 2018)
  • NZSIS IT Information Technology and Information Systems (IT/IS) Agreement for General Users
  • Sensitive Expenditures Policy
  • Fraud Policy
  • Provisional offer of employment template
  • Individual Employment Agreement template (employee)
  • Individual Employment Agreement template (management)
  • Sample new employee pack (NZSIS Code of Conduct and SSC Standards of Integrity and Conduct; EEO Data Collection Form; Employee Details; Personal Information Statement; KiwiSaver and Tax Code forms)
  • Disciplinary Policy and Procedures
  • Managing Poor Performance Policy
  • Human Resources Information Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing Statement
  • Emails released under OIA, 19 June 2018

 The State Sector Act Inquiry report is available on the State Services Commission website.

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