Security Requirements

In accordance with the Policy on Government Security, all individuals who require access to sensitive federal government information and/or assets must have, as a minimum, a Reliability Status type security screening. All authorized counsel as well as members of their staff who will require access to Department of Justice files, must have, as a minimum, a Reliability Status type security screening. In certain circumstances or for special cases where access to Classified government information or assets will be required, legal agents and relevant members of their staff will require a higher level Security Clearance prior to being permitted such access.

Records created during the conduct of assigned legal work are the property of the Department of Justice. In accordance with the Policy on Government Security, Department of Justice file records must be properly secured at all times and they must only be accessible to personnel with the appropriate federal government security screening and/or security clearance.

Security requirements are defined on a case-by-case basis. Legal agents must commit to ensuring compliance and cooperating fully with screening processes and procedures, and, obligations pertaining to the maintenance of active files and the return of closed files. Security requirements as well as supporting instructions and procedures may be defined through the letter of appointment and/or statement of work, as well as through instructions provided by the Instructing counsel during the tenure of the appointment.

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