Foreign Terrorist Organizations
"Foreign Terrorist Organizations" is compiled every 2 years by the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Under the statute, this report is subject to judicial review. The Secretary of State makes designations following an exhaustive interagency effort. The designations expire in two years unless renewed. The law also allows groups to be added at any time following a decision by the Secretary, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury. Designations can also be revoked if the Secretary determines that there are grounds for doing so and notifies Congress. Congress can also pass legislation to revoke designations.
Lists of Foreign Terrorist Organizations in 2001 and 1999 were issued as reports. In 2003, the State Department began issuing the list as a fact sheet (see fact sheet listing).