Warrant information received by SSA FOs from LEA officials for beneficiaries residing
with the Second Circuit will vary from normal instructions found in GN 02613.150B.2. Process felony warrant requests from Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) or Officers
about beneficiaries residing within the Second Circuit as follows:
CAUTION: In connection with the Second Circuit’s decision in Fowlkes, SSA generally cannot
disclose beneficiary information to LEA officers who contact SSA for information about
a beneficiary if the outstanding warrant is for a felony warrant for a beneficiary residing in CT,
NY, or VT. As an exception that is not related to the Fowlkes decision, SSA may disclose
such information if the warrant is for a violent crime as explained in GN 03312.005.
When the LEA officer contacts SSA for information about a beneficiary identified on
a felony warrant, search SSA records to determine whether the individual being sought
or reported is a beneficiary and if he/she is residing in CT, NY, or VT. If the warrant
is for a felony and the beneficiary resides in CT, NY or VT, generally do not disclose
the beneficiary’s information to the LEA officer.
If the felony warrant is for a violent crime as explained in GN 03312.005, then ask the LEA official to provide confirming evidence (i.e., warrant, court order
or other court decision) of the request for information. If the LEA does not have
supportive evidence, ask for the name and address of the agency that has jurisdiction
and holds the records or information needed for verification. The FO will try to contact
the other agency that has jurisdiction for the warrant to determine if the warrant
is still active.
Examine the legal documents provided by the LE agency to verify that the individual
is wanted in accordance with the instructions in GN 03312.005. Examples of acceptable proofs of evidence are:
Order, decision or other document issued by a court; or
An arrest warrant or order.
See information in GN 03312.035 for the kinds of information that may be disclosed to law enforcement agencies.
NOTE: Do not add the felony warrant to the Fugitive Felon System Control File (FFSCF) for
beneficiaries residing within the Second Circuit. Do not suspend Title II benefits
based on the outstanding felony warrant if the beneficiary resides within the Second