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.