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FERC: Electronic CEII Request Form
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* Step 1 - Media Non-Disclosure Agreement

Note: You must be willing to sign and abide by this agreement limiting your use and disclosure of the information requested.


  1. These provisions govern the use of Critical Energy / Electric Infrastructure Information (CEII) provided to a Media Requester who files a request for access to CEII pursuant to 18 C.F.R. § 388.113.
  2. Definitions – For purposes of these provisions:
    • The term "CEII Coordinator" refers to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) official designated as the CEII Coordinator, with delegated authority under 18 C.F.R. 375.313 to make determinations with respect to requests for CEII and make determination as to whether particular information fits within the definition of CEII.
    • The terms "non-disclosure agreement" and "NDA" mean this agreement by which requesters certify their understanding that access to CEII is provided pursuant to the terms and restrictions of these provisions, and that such requesters have read the provisions and agree to be bound by them.
    • The term "Recipient" means someone who receives CEII in accordance with the provisions of 18 C.F.R. § 388.113.
    • The term "Media Recipient" means a Recipient who is a representative of the news media as defined in 18 C.F.R. § 388.109(b)(1)(iv).
    • The term "Requester" means someone who requests access to CEII in accordance with the provisions of 18 C.F.R. § 388.113(d).
    • The term "Media Requester" means a Requester who is a representative of the news media as defined in 18 C.F.R. § 388.109(b)(1)(iv).
  3. A Media Requester shall not be permitted to inspect or gain access to CEII unless the Media Requester has first executed a Media non-disclosure agreement.
  4. A Media Recipient may only discuss CEII with another authorized Recipient of the identical CEII. A Media Recipient may check with the CEII Coordinator to determine whether another individual is an authorized Recipient of the identical CEII.
  5. Before publishing any story using CEII obtained under these provisions, a Media Recipient is strongly encouraged to consult with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s General and Administrative Law legal staff to insure against inadvertent disclosure of CEII.
  6. All CEII shall be maintained by Media Recipient in a secure place in a manner that would prevent unauthorized access. Access to those materials shall be limited to Recipients of the identical material. Media Recipients may make copies of CEII, but such copies become CEII and subject to these same procedures. Media Recipients may make notes of CEII, which shall be treated as CEII notes if they contain CEII.
  7. CEII provided pursuant to the agreement is not subject to release under either the Freedom of Information Act or other Sunshine Laws.
  8. Recipients must return CEII to the CEII Coordinator or destroy CEII within fifteen days of a written request by the CEII Coordinator to do so, except that CEII notes may be retained in accordance with Paragraph 6, above. Within such time period, each Recipient, if requested to do so, shall also submit to the CEII Coordinator an affidavit stating that, to the best of his or her knowledge, all CEII has been returned or destroyed and that CEII notes have either been returned, destroyed or are being maintained by Recipient in accordance with Paragraph 6.
  9. The Media Recipient is obligated to protect the CEII, even after the designation period has lapsed, until the CEII Coordinator determines the information should no longer be designated as CEII under 18 C.F.R. § 388.113(e)(2), or a court of competent jurisdiction finds that the information does not qualify as CEII.
  10. The Commission may audit the Recipient’s compliance with this non-disclosure agreement.
  11. The Recipient is required to promptly report all unauthorized disclosures of CEII to the Commission.
  12. Violation of this non-disclosure agreement may result in criminal or civil sanctions against the Recipient.
  13. I hereby certify my understanding that access to CEII is provided to me pursuant to the terms and restrictions of the above provisions, that I have been given a copy of and have read the provisions, and that I agree to be bound by them. I understand that the contents of the CEII, any notes or other memoranda, or any other form of information that copies or discloses CEII shall not be disclosed to anyone other than another person who has been granted access to these same materials by the Commission.
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Updated: January 11, 2019