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Cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge seconded to GCSB to review spooks

Monday 1st October 2012

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The Government Communications Security Bureau is to undergo an immediate capability, governance and performance review with the Cabinet Secretary seconded into the agency as an associate director.

Rebecca Kitteridge is to be seconded immediately to the GCSB for an initial period of up to three months to the new role and she will have the rank of deputy chief executive.

Her work will "provide assurance to the GCSB director that the bureau's activities are undertaken within its powers, and that adequate assurance and safeguards are in place," according to government statement.

The move follows the embarrassing disclosure that the bureau spied on Kim Dotcom while he was a resident of New Zealand when the GSCB's mandate is only to spy on foreigners.

Kitteridge will review the systems, processes and capabilities underpinning the GCSB's collection and reporting; build capability and provide assurance to the GCSB director that the compliance framework has been reviewed, improved and is fit for purpose; and establish new, specific approval processes for activity in support of police and other law enforcement agencies.

Kitteridge has been Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council since April 2008. She is a qualified lawyer whose focus was on legal compliance for corporate entities. The secondment will start tomorrow.

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