TN 2 (07-95)
GN 03330.025 Support of Subpoenaed Employees
Although rarely needed, procedures exist to protect SSA employees from court sanctions, as shown below.
1. Contempt of Court
a. Move for Stay of Execution
If the court issues a contempt order, the RCC or the U.S. Attorney will move for a stay of execution of the contempt order pending habeas corpus if the contempt order was issued by a:
b. If Stay Is Denied
If a stay is denied, the RCC or U.S. Attorney:
Takes action to have the SSA employee released, and
Ensures that legal counsel is provided in any subsequent legal action resulting from the contempt order.
2. Litigation Staff Support
The Office of Programs, Litigation Staff may provide support services upon receipt of a subpoena by:
Gathering information needed for the response,
Obtaining expeditious handling, and
Obtaining legal opinions.
3. RCC or U.S. Attorney Support
RCC willingness to appear personally in court varies from region to region. However, when an employee anticipates refusing to disclose requested information, the ARC, POS should arrange for the RCC or U.S. Attorney to: