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DHS threatens employees with legal consequences for leaking "nonpublic information"

  1. Date Announced

    April 4, 2019

    The media reports that in department-wide email, DHS employees are warned not to disclose “nonpublic information” or potentially face criminal, civil, or administrative consequences. Nonpublic information includes details employees know or should have known have not been made available to the general public, is designated as confidential, and would not be made public even upon a request. Unauthorized use or disclosure of information does not include protected whistleblower disclosures. [ID #947]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    October 13, 2020

    A senior DHS official emailed all employees warning them to be careful handling “all classified, controlled unclassified, and draft information.” The official went on to warn that such disclosures could violate agency policy and/or federal law.

    DHS employees told to report colleagues suspected of leaking information
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Enforcement
Agencies Affected: DHS

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