Section 202 of P.L. 104-193 requires SSA to provide certain information about fugitive
felons and parole/probation violators to a Federal, State, or local law enforcement
(LE) officer in specific circumstances when requested. The information request must
be in writing. The disclosure of information under this provision
applies only to SSI recipients, and does not include disclosure of Federal tax return information.
The written request from the LE officer must be on the law enforcement agency's letterhead
and include the following:
the name of the individual being sought and enough other information to identify them;
a statement that the person is an individual described in SI 00530.005;
a statement that the individual has information necessary for the officer to conduct
their official duties; and
a statement that the officer's official duties include the location or apprehension
of the individual.
SSA must then determine whether the individual that the LE officer is seeking is an
SSI recipient. For purposes of releasing information to a LE officer under this provision,
consider individuals in payment suspense status (e.g., PS codes E01, E02, N01, N02,
N03, N04, N05, N06, N20, S06, S07, S08, S09, S10, etc.) to be current SSI recipients.
Do not release information under this provision on an individual who is an SSI claimant,
and who has not yet been determined eligible, or on an SSI claimant who has been denied
eligibility (including DS codes N01, N02, N03, N04, N06, N07, N13, N17, and PS code
T51). Do not release information under this provision on an individual whose benefits have been
in suspense for more than 12 consecutive months (PS code T31).
When the written request meets the requirements above, SSA must provide the law enforcement
officer with the recipient's SSN, current address, and photograph (if available in
IMPORTANT: You may provide the information above to an LE officer as soon as you receive the
written request, verify that it complies with the law as described above, and determine
that the individual is an SSI recipient. Follow the procedure in SI 00501.055B.1. Refer to the instructions in SI 00530.410
before taking any action to suspend or deny the benefits of an individual
described in SI 00530.005 based upon information received from a