GN 03312.055 Disclosure When SSA Discovers Possible Violation of Another Government Agency’s Law or Regulations
During the course of interviews and claim development, a field office may acquire information that indicates a possible violation of another government agency's law or regulations.
Disclosure to another agency of a possible violation is permitted as long as it is covered by one of the routine uses published in our system of records notices at https://www.ssa.gov/privacy/sorn.html. Normally, these routine uses permit disclosure only in situations involving Federal income-maintenance or health-maintenance programs.
Exercise good judgment when deciding whether to make these referrals. Two factors should be considered:
The information to be disclosed should normally be of significant value to the other agency rather than merely incidental to a minor violation.
Involvement in the case should not lead to an excessive use of SSA's resources in helping the other agency's investigation.