Identification Number:
GN 03312 TN 1
Intended Audience:See Transmittal Sheet
Originating Office:Office of the General Counsel
Title:Disclosure for Law Enforcement Purposes
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:All Programs
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PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEM
Part GN – General
Chapter 033 – Disclosure/Confidentiality of Information
Subchapter 12 – Disclosure for Law Enforcement Purposes
Transmittal No. 1, 12/21/2018

Audience

FO/TSC: CS, CS TII, CS TXVI, CSR, CTE, FR, OS, RR, TA, TSC-CSR;
PSC: CA, CS, DE, DEC, DS, ICDS, IES, ISRA, PETE, RECONR, SCPS, TSA, TST;
ODD-DDS: DHU;
OCO-OEIO: BTE, BTE TE, CR, CTE, CTE TE, EIE, FCR, FDE, RECONE, RECONR, RECOVR;
OEO: DOSPA, OSSPA, WBDOCPA;
OCO-ODO: BA, BET, BTE, CR, CST, CTE, CTE TE, DE, DEC, DES, DS, IS, LCC, PAS, PETE, PETL, RCOVTA, RECONE, RECOVR, SPIKE, TST;

Originating Component

OPD

Effective Date

Upon Receipt

Background

This transmittal clarifies and enhances existing policy related to disclosure of an individual’s records without consent for law enforcement purposes. Our policies have not changed, but throughout the subchapters, we made an effort to outline them in detail.

 

Summary of Changes

GN 03312.001 Disclosure Without Consent for Law Enforcement Purposes

We updated the sections within GN 03312, including subchapter headings, to enhance existing policy and to comply with the Plain Language and Program Operations Manual System writing and format requirements. We changed the title from “Disclosure for Law Enforcement Purposes.” We also reordered subchapters for easier reading and archived all non-relevant information (see conversion table below for more information).

  • We archived the Definitions and Minimization sections.

 

GN 03312.005 Disclosure for Criminal Law Enforcement Purposes Involving Violent Crimes

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.100.

GN 03312.010 Disclosure for Criminal Activity Involving SSA Programs

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.105.

GN 03312.015 Law Enforcement Requests from Federal Agencies Involving Non-Violent Crimes

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.110.

GN 03312.020 Law Enforcement Requests from State and Local Agencies Involving Non-Violent Crimes

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • We incorporated information pertaining to State and local agencies in GN 03312.110.

GN 03312.025 Disclosure Required by Federal Law for Law Enforcement Purposes

  • We archived this section and incorporated relevant information into GN 03312.001.

GN 03312.030 Disclosure to Locate Fleeing Felons or Parole or Probation Violators

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.115.

GN 03312.035 Kinds of Information That May Be Disclosed for Law Enforcement Purposes

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.075.

GN 03312.040 Valid Law Enforcement Requests

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.080.

GN 03312.050 National Security Situations

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.085.

GN 03312.055 Disclosure When SSA Discovers Possible Violation of Another Government Agency’s Law or Regulations

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.120.

GN 03312.060 Ad Hoc Decisions to Disclose Information for Law Enforcement Purposes

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.090.

 

GN 03312.070 Foreign and International Cases

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.125.

Foreign and International Cases

GN 03312.065 Law Enforcement Disclosures Involving Health and Safety Situations

  • We archived this section, as we reordered the subchapters throughout GN 03312.

  • The new section is GN 03312.095.

GN 03312.075 Kinds of Information That May Be Disclosed for Law Enforcement Purposes

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.035 in this section.

GN 03312.080 Valid Law Enforcement Requests

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.040 in this section.

GN 03312.085 National Security Situations

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.050 in this section.

GN 03312.090 Ad Hoc Decisions to Disclose Information for Law Enforcement Purposes

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.060 in this section.

GN 03312.095 Law Enforcement Disclosures Involving Health and Safety Situations

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.065 in this section.

GN 03312.100 Disclosure for Criminal Law Enforcement Purposes Involving Violent Crimes

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.005 in this section.

GN 03312.105 Disclosure for Criminal Activity Involving SSA Programs

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.010 in this section.

GN 03312.110 Law Enforcement Requests from State and Local Agencies Involving Non-Violent Crimes

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.020 in this section.

GN 03312.115 Disclosure to Locate Fleeing Felons or Parole or Probation Violators

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.030 in this section.

GN 03312.120 Disclosure When SSA Discovers Possible Violation of Another Government Agency’s Law or Regulations

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.055 in this section.

GN 03312.125 Foreign and International Cases

  • This is a new section.

  • We incorporated policy previously contained in GN 03312.070 in this section.

Conversion Table
Old POMS ReferenceNew POMS Reference
GN 03312.001GN 03312.001
GN 03312.005GN 03312.100
GN 03312.010GN 03312.105
GN 03312.015GN 03312.110
GN 03312.020GN 03312.110
GN 03312.025GN 03312.001
GN 03312.030GN 03312.115
GN 03312.035GN 03312.075
GN 03312.040GN 03312.080
GN 03312.045GN 03313.060
GN 03312.050GN 03312.085
GN 03312.055GN 03312.120
GN 03312.060GN 03312.090
GN 03312.065GN 03312.095
GN 03312.070GN 03312.125

GN 03312.001 Disclosure Without Consent for Law Enforcement Purposes

The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a(b)(7)) permits, but does not require, a Federal agency to disclose personal information from its systems of records to another agency or to an instrumentality of any governmental jurisdiction within or under the control of the United States for a civil or criminal law enforcement activity if the activity is authorized by law, and if the head of the agency or instrumentality has made a written request to the agency which maintains the record specifying the particular portion desired and the law enforcement activity for which the record is sought.

Our regulations at 20 C.F.R. § 401.155 further define when we may disclose program records for law enforcement purposes. Those regulations are more restrictive than the Privacy Act’s law enforcement exception. Our regulations at 20 C.F.R. § 401.110(g) further define when we may disclose non-program records for law enforcement purposes. Those regulations are consistent with the Privacy Act’s law enforcement exception in this section.

We also permit disclosure of certain records to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for civil and criminal investigation purposes related to tax administration. GN 03313.060.C provides more guidance on IRS criminal investigation requests.

A. Situations under which the Social Security Administration (SSA) may disclose information for law enforcement purposes

The Privacy Act and our regulations at 20 C.F.R. § 401.155 explain the situations under which we may disclose program information for a law enforcement activity if we receive a valid law enforcement request:

  • criminal activity involving serious crimes (e.g., murder, rape, or kidnapping) where the individual about whom information is being sought has been indicted or convicted of that crime.

When disclosing information under bullet one, we will only disclose information about the individual that has been indicted or convicted of the crime, consistent with 20 C.F.R. § 401.155(b).

  • investigation or prosecution of criminal activity involving fraud or abuse in our programs or other government income-maintenance or health-maintenance programs (e.g., other governmental pension programs, unemployment compensation, general assistance, Medicare or Medicaid). The information must concern eligibility, benefit amounts or other matters of benefit status in a Social Security program and be relevant to determining the same matters in the other income- or health-maintenance program.

When disclosing information under bullet two in this section (20 C.F.R. § 401.155(c)), where possible, we will only disclose information pertaining to individuals who are the subject of the investigation, indictment, prosecution, or conviction. However, if the law enforcement agency provides sufficient justification for why victims or other parties’ information is relevant and necessary to its investigation, we may disclose such information. For privacy reasons, disclosure of victim or other party information should be a rare occurrence. Please consult with the Office of Privacy and Disclosure when there are questions concerning disclosure of a victims or other parties’ information or what constitutes a valid indictment.

The Privacy Act and our regulations at 20 C.F.R. § 401.110(g) explain the situations under which we may disclose non-program information for a law enforcement purposes if we receive a valid law enforcement request:

  • to another agency or to an instrumentality of any governmental jurisdiction within or under the control of the United States for a civil or criminal law enforcement activity if the activity is authorized by law.

In addition to the above situations where we may disclose information under the law enforcement exception to the Privacy Act, we may disclose program or non-program information for law enforcement purposes in the following situations:

  • if the subject of record consents to the disclosure (follow the procedures in GN 03305);

  • if a Federal law requires us to disclose records (20 C.F.R. § 401.120 );

  • if there is a compelling situation involving health and safety of an individual (follow the procedures in GN 03312.095);

  • if the system of records notice from which we are disclosing the information has a routine use allowing SSA to disclose the information. For instance, many agency systems of records notices include a routine use permitting disclosures for investigations or prosecutions of persons engaging in activities that jeopardize or could jeopardize the security and safety of members of the public served by us, our employees or workplace, or that otherwise disrupt the operations of our facilities (including State Disability Determination Service facilities). In this instance, we can generally disclose information to Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies, as well as private security contractors; or

  • in exceptional cases involving law enforcement activities in which a disclosure is not allowed under other disclosure regulations, the Commissioner or a designee may approve, on a case-by-case basis, the disclosure of non-tax return information under the ad hoc disclosure provisions of the regulation (20 C.F.R. § 401.195).

B. Field office (FO) procedures for law enforcement disclosures

When handling requests, FOs should determine how the requests affect their resources and normal operations and, as necessary, seek guidance from the regional office, through the regional Privacy Act Coordinator (PAC).

FOs or other SSA components will adhere to the following procedures when handling of law enforcement requests.

IF THE REQUEST IS FROM A AND THEN
Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency The request meets our criteria for disclosure The receiving FO or other SSA component may disclose the requested information. If there are questions concerning the appropriateness of a disclosure, the FO or other SSA component should consult with the component PAC. As necessary, the component PAC should consult with the Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel.
The request does not meet our criteria for disclosure The receiving FO or other SSA component should send a denial letter to the requester, explaining why we cannot disclose the requested information. Do not include appeal language as appeal rights do not apply.
A portion of the request meets our criteria for disclosure; thus, we may disclose a portion of the information The receiving FO or other SSA component should provide the information that may be disclosed and briefly explain why the withheld information cannot be disclosed. If the reason we cannot disclose is based on a legal opinion, do not disclose the opinion as part of the agency’s explanation. Do not include appeal language as appeal rights do not apply.

GN 03312.075 Kinds of Information That May Be Disclosed for Law Enforcement Purposes

A. Tax return information

Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 6103) restricts our disclosure of tax return information to other agencies in situations specified in that law. GN 03320.001D.1 provides a definition of tax return information and GN 03320.015 provides guidelines on disclosing tax return information without an individual’s consent.

B. Non-tax return information

Non-tax return information are records we maintain that are not tax return information, as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. This may include program or non-program records.

Program records include information about our clients that we keep to administer benefit programs. This includes requests for Social Security numbers (SSN) and SSN verifications. Non-program records include administrative and personnel records which contain information about our activities as a government agency and employer.

GN 03312.080 Valid Law Enforcement Requests

Valid law enforcement requests must:

  • be in writing on the law enforcement agency’s letterhead;

  • contain sufficient identifying information for us to identify the individual about whom information is sought;

  • specify the records being requested;

  • explain in sufficient detail how the records are relevant and necessary to the investigation; and

  • be signed by a supervisory official of the requesting office.

NOTE: The law enforcement official signing the request cannot be below the section chief level. Thus, a request signed by an officer or detective of a law enforcement agency is not acceptable.

Field offices should rely on their knowledge of local law enforcement agencies to determine whether a request is from the proper authority.

A. Required identifying information

A request for information must contain sufficient information for us to identify the individual about whom information is sought (i.e., target of the investigation). A request should contain the individual’s name, Social Security number (SSN), and date of birth. If the request does not include the individual’s SSN, it should include their name and date of birth, and at least one of the following:

  • place of birth;

  • mother’s maiden name; or

  • father’s name.

We provide additional information for requests that contain less than the required identifying elements GN 03312.001B.

B. Request includes name and SSN only

If the request only contains the individual’s name and SSN, we may only disclose information when we can positively locate a single record in our files containing that exact name and SSN. If there is any uncertainty as to whether the name and SSN provided match information in our records, do not disclose any information.

C. Request for name, when only the SSN is provided

We restrict providing names to match an SSN to the most sensitive law enforcement situations or health and safety situations when the requester provides no other identifying information (e.g., date of birth, place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or father’s name). Refer law enforcement requests of this type to the component Privacy Act Coordinator for handlingOffice of Privacy and Disclosure .

GN 03312.085 National Security Situations

A. Types of national security situations

National security situations include:

  • threats against high government officials (e.g., the President); and

  • possible espionage, terrorism, hijacking, hostage taking, or bombing.

B. Authority to disclose

Due to the seriousness of these crimes, we may disclose program or non-program information upon receipt of a valid law enforcement request. In these cases, we need not limit disclosures of program information to only the situations described in 20 C.F.R. § 401.155. Instead, we may disclose this information under the “ad hoc” authority granted to the Commissioner of Social Security (or designee) in our regulations (20 C.F.R. § 401.195) (for additional information, see GN03312.001 and GN 03316.140), which allows disclosures that are not specifically authorized by our regulations if the disclosure is not prohibited by law, and the broader Privacy Act law enforcement exception. 5 U.S.C. § 552a(b)(7).

If we do not have a valid law enforcement request for the information, we may disclose information under the “health and safety” disclosure exception of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a(b)(8)). For additional information, see GN03312.025 and GN 03316.135.

If both the health and safety exception and law enforcement exception do not apply, we can disclose information based solely on our ad hoc authority if the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a) and other Federal law would not prohibit disclosure.

C. Procedure for disclosure

Components should contact the agency Privacy Officer immediately, through the component Privacy Act or Security Coordinator, for all requests involving national security situations. If the Privacy Act or Security Coordinator is not available, contact the agency Privacy Officer directly at (410) 966-6645, fax 410-966-0869. In most cases, the Privacy Officer will in turn make a referral to the Commissioner.

Immediately find out as much information as possible about the crime, the requester's position in the law enforcement agency, and the information requested, before referring the case to the agency Privacy Officer. You may ask the requester to fax a written request in order to expedite the request.

GN 03312.090 Ad Hoc Decisions to Disclose Information for Law Enforcement Purposes Unrelated

In exceptional cases involving law enforcement activities in which a disclosure is not allowed under other disclosure regulations, the Commissioner or a designee may approve, on a case-by-case basis, the disclosure of non-tax return information under the ad hoc disclosure provisions of the regulation,20 C.F.R. § 401.195 , if the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a) and other Federal law would not prohibit disclosure. An ad hoc request must meet the requirements discussed in GN 03316.140. Refer these requests through the component Privacy Act Coordinator for handling to the Office of Privacy and Disclosure through the component Privacy Act Coordinator for handling.

GN 03312.095 Law Enforcement Disclosures Involving Health and Safety Situations

Absent a valid law enforcement request, we may disclose non-tax return information to the law enforcement entity that has jurisdiction over the matter under the Privacy Act’s health and safety disclosure exception in matters where the immediate health or safety of an individual is at stake. The disclosed information may come from either the at-risked individual’s records or other individuals’ records that may contain information necessary to ensure the health and safety of the at-risked individual. We may initiate the disclosure or make the disclosure in response to a request. For further information regarding requests for health and safety disclosures, see GN 03316.135.

NOTE: In these cases, the Privacy Act and our regulations require us to send a notice to the individual whose record we disclosed. This notice informs the individual that we disclosed certain information regarding him or her in response to a health and safety request. Neither the Privacy Act nor our regulations mandate a specific time for sending the notice.

GN 03312.100 Disclosure for Criminal Law Enforcement Purposes Involving Serious Crimes

We may disclose program records to law enforcement agencies for serious crimes under 20 CFR 401.155(b). We characterize serious crimes as the use or threat of physical force. The force may:

  • cause actual bodily injury, or

  • coerce the victim to an action because of real fear of suffering serious bodily injury.

A. Circumstances for disclosures involving a serious crime

We may disclose information for criminal law enforcement purposes involving serious crimes, when we receive a valid written request (see GN 00312.080 for a description of a valid request) indicating that:

  • the target of the request has committed a serious crime; and

  • the target of the request has been indicted or convicted of that crime.

IMPORTANT: When a person violates a condition of probation or parole, we may make a disclosure if we receive a valid written request and the agency’s serious crime provisions are met for the original conviction.

B. Examples of serious crimes

Serious crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • terrorism;

  • murder;

  • rape;

  • child exploitation;

  • kidnapping;

  • armed robbery;

  • hijacking;

  • carjacking;

  • drug trafficking or drug possession with intent to manufacture, import, export, distribute or dispense;

  • gang activity;

  • burglary; and

  • arson.

C. When disclosure is not proper

The following types of requests normally do not meet our criteria for disclosure involving a serious crime:

  • requests for information concerning an individual who is only the suspect of a serious crime;

  • requests for information concerning an individual who is the victim or other party of a serious crime; and

  • requests involving non-serious crimes such as embezzlement and minor thefts.

EXCEPTION: If the request indicates the serious crime may involve a Social Security program (e.g., Social Security number misuse), disclosure of relevant information from our records may be appropriate. The agency, not the requester, determines the relevancy of the requested information to the criminal activity.

NOTE: Special procedures apply to requests for testimony and requests for information made under the agency’s Touhy regulations at 20 C.F.R. Part 403. In addition, special procedures apply to requests from the Department of Justice when it requests information or testimony in civil or criminal matters and requests from the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) when OIG requests agency testimony. Please direct these requests to the appropriate Office of the General Counsel Regional Office or the Office of General Law at Headquarters.

GN 03312.105 Disclosure for Criminal Activity Involving SSA Programs

We may disclose program records to law enforcement agencies for certain types of criminal activity involving our programs under 20 C.F.R. § 401.155(c) , upon receipt of a valid law enforcement request. Such criminal activity encompasses fraud and other abuse in Social Security programs.

We also have routine uses in most of our systems of records that allow us to release information to Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and private security contractors for investigations or prosecutions of persons engaging in activities that jeopardize or could jeopardize the security and safety of members of the public served by us, our employees or workplace, or that otherwise disrupt the operations of our facilities (including State Disability Determination Service facilities). When applicable, we may disclose information based on this routine use, without a valid law enforcement request.

For restrictions that may apply to the disclosure of tax return information, see GN 03320.015.

Special procedures apply to requests for testimony and requests for information made under the agency’s Touhy regulations at 20 C.F.R. Part 403. In addition, special procedures apply to requests from the Department of Justice when it requests information or testimony in civil or criminal matters and requests from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) when OIG requests agency testimony. Direct these requests to the appropriate Office of the General Counsel Regional Office or at Headquarters the Office of General Law .

EXAMPLE: A valid law enforcement request seeks verification of a Social Security number (SSN) for an individual charged with fraudulently endorsing and cashing a stolen non-SSA check. The suspect represented the SSN as belonging to him or her in cashing the check. We may verify the individual’s SSN in these circumstances under 20 C.F.R. § 401.155(c). If the SSN belongs to another individual, we would usually withhold the name of the true number holder, as that information would not be relevant to the case.

GN 03312.110 Law Enforcement Requests from Federal, State, and Local Agencies Involving Non-V

We may disclose program records to law enforcement agencies for non-violent crimes under20 C.F.R. § 401.155(c). Disclosures to Federal, State and local agencies for non-violent crimes are generally limited to cases involving the investigation or prosecution of fraud and abuse in health or income maintenance programs if the information concerns eligibility, benefit amounts, or other matters of benefit status in a social security program and is relevant to determining the same matters in the other program. A request must meet the requirements for a valid request, as discussed in GN 03312.105.

Examples of Federal, State and local health and income maintenance programs include:

  • Railroad Retirement Board pension and unemployment compensation programs;

  • Department of Veterans Affairs’ compensation and benefit programs;

  • subsidized housing;

  • Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP);

  • Title IV, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);

  • general assistance;

  • Title XX services;

  • fuel subsidies;

  • workers’ compensation;

  • Title III, unemployment compensation;

  • government pension programs; and

  • Section 1616(a) State supplementation.

IMPORTANT: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has jurisdiction over the investigation and prosecution of welfare fraud on Native American territories. Do not release any information to state agencies in these instances, as they do not have jurisdiction over the case.

Special procedures apply to requests for testimony and requests for information made under the agency’s Touhy regulations at 20 C.F.R. Part 403. In addition, special procedures apply to requests from the Department of Justice when it requests information or testimony in civil or criminal matters and requests from the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) when OIG requests agency testimony. Direct these requests to the appropriate Office of the General Counsel Regional Office or at Headquarters the Office of General Law .

Tax return information is defined in GN 03320.001D.1.

For examples of authorized disclosures of tax return information to Federal, State and local agencies, see

  • GN 03320.015C.2 Examples of Disclosures of Tax Return Information to Other Federal Agencies With Consent

  • GN 03320.015C.3 Examples of Disclosures of Tax Return Information to State Agencies Without Consent

In these cases, handle the requests in accordance with the procedure in GN 03320.001E.

Field offices (FO) should not provide tax-return information to requesters.

If FOs receive a request from an agency or third party for tax return information, seek advice from the component Privacy Act Coordinator (PAC), who may consult with the Office of Privacy and Disclosure , as necessary.

GN 03312.115 Disclosure to Locate Fleeing Felons or Parole or Probation Violators

Provisions in sections Sec. 202(x) and Sec. 1611(e) of the Social Security Act (Act) require us to disclose to any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer, upon a valid written request, the current address, Social Security number, and photograph (if applicable) of any individual receiving benefits under Titles II or XVI of the Act who is:

  • fleeing to avoid prosecution, or custody or confinement after conviction, under the laws of the place from which the person flees, or, in jurisdictions that do not define crimes as felonies, is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, regardless of the actual sentence imposed; or

  • violating a condition of parole or probation imposed under Federal or State law.

We generally make disclosures under the above provisions pursuant to a written computer matching agreement. However, if we receive a valid written law enforcement request and the agency’s serious crime provisions are met for the original conviction, under 20 CFR 401.155(b) for the original conviction, we may also disclose relevant and necessary information about fleeing felons and parole and probation violators when a person violates a condition of probation or parole.

For further information about fleeing felons and parole and probation violators, see

  • GN 02613.010 Title II Fugitive Suspension Provisions

  • SI 00501.001 Eligibility Under the Supplemental Security Income Provisions

GN 03312.120 Disclosure When SSA Discovers Possible Violation of Another Government Agency’s

During the course of interviews and claims development, a field office may acquire information that indicates a possible violation of another government agency's law or regulations.

We permit the disclosure of this information to another government agency as long as there is a routine use in our systems of records to cover the disclosure, see http://www.ssa.gov/privacy/ .

Normally, these routine uses permit disclosure only in situations involving Federal income-maintenance or health-maintenance programs. As necessary, consult with the Office of Privacy and Disclosure for questions concerning disclosures in instances where there may be a possible violation of another government agency's regulations.

GN 03312.125 Foreign and International Cases

Refer all requests for information from a foreign or international law-enforcement agency (e.g., Interpol) via the Department of Justice to the Office of Privacy and Disclosure fpr questions concerning disclosures in instances where there may be a possible violation of another government agency's regulations.


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