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 GN 03312.001 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)). See GN 03316.135 for additional information.
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.