Components should contact the SSA Privacy Officer immediately, through the component
Privacy Act or Security Coordinator, for all requests for information involving national
security situations. If the Privacy Act or Security Coordinator is not available,
contact the SSA Privacy Officer via email at ^FOIA Public Liaison, phone at (410) 966-6645, or fax at (410) 966-0869. In most cases the Privacy Officer
will in turn make a referral to the Commissioner of SSA.
Before referring the case to the SSA Privacy Officer, quickly find out as much as
possible about the crime, the requester's position in the law enforcement agency,
and the information needed. You may ask the requester to telefax a written request.
Cases involving threats to the lives of other individuals (including SSA employees)
are treated as disclosures for health and safety reasons, and are explained in GN 03316.135.