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CHAPTER VII-OFFICE OF INDEPENDENT
Production or disclosure of material or informa
tion of the Office of Independent Counsel Procedures for disclosure of records under the
Freedom of Information Act
PART 700—PRODUCTION OR DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL OR INFORMATION OF THE OFFICE OF INDEPENDENT COUNSEL
Subpart A-Protection of Privacy and Ac
cess to Individual Records Under the Privacy Act of 1974
Sec. 700.10 General provisions. 700.11 Request for access to records. 700.12 Responses to requests for access to
records. 700.13 Form and content of Office responses. 700.14 Classified information. 700.15 Records in exempt systems of
records. 700.16 Access to records. 700.17 Fees for access to records. 700.18 Appeals from denials of access. 700.19 Preservation of records. 700.20 Requests for correction of records. 700.21 Records not subject to correction. 700.22 Request for accounting of record dis
closures. 700.23 Notice of subpoenas and emergency
disclosures. 700.24 Security of systems of records. 700.25 Use and collection of social security
numbers. 700.26 Employee standards of conduct. 700.27 Other rights and services.
forth the procedures by which an individual may seek access under the Privacy Act to records pertaining to him, may request correction of such records, or may seek an accounting of disclosures of such records by the office.
(b) Transfer of law-enforcement records. The head of the Office, or his designee, is authorized to make written requests under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(7) for transfer of records maintained by other agencies that are necessary to carry out an authorized law-enforcement activity of the Office.
(c) Definitions. As used in this subpart, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(1) Agency has the meaning given in 5 U.S.C. 551(1) and 5 U.S.C. 552a(a)(1).
(2) Record has the same meaning given in 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4).
(3) Request for access means a request made pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(d)(1).
(4) Request for correction means a request made pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(d)(2).
(5) Request for an accounting means a request made pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(c)(3).
(6) Requester means an individual who makes either a request for access, a request for correction, or a request for an accounting.
(7) System of records means a group of any group of any records under the control of the Office from which information is retrieved by the name of an individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifying particular assigned to that individual.
Subpart B-Exemption of the Office of
Independent Counsel's Systems of
Records Under the Privacy Act 700.31 Exemption of the Office of Inde
pendent Counsel's systems of records
limited access. AUTHORITY: 5 U.S.C. 552a.
SOURCE: 52 FR 48097, Dec. 18, 1987, unless otherwise noted.
Subpart A-Protection of Privacy
and Access to Individual Records Under the Privacy Act of 1974
$ 700.10 General provisions.
(a) Purpose and scope. The subpart contains the regulations of the Office of Independent Counsel implementing the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a. The regulations apply to all records that
contained in systems of records maintained by the Office of Independent Counsel and that are retrieved by an individual's name or personal identifier. These regulations set
$ 700.11 Request for access to records.
(a) Procedure for making requests for access to records. An individual may request access to a record about him by appearing in person or by writing the Office. A requester in need of guidance in defining his request may write to the FOIA/PA Officer, Office of Independent Counsel, suite 701 West, 555 Thirteenth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20004. Both the envelope and the request itself should be marked: “Privacy Act Request.”
(b) Description of records sought. A request for access to records must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable Office personnel to locate the system of records containing
(2) That he is the parent or guardian of the subject of the record, which may be proved by providing a copy of the subject's birth certificate showing parentage or by providing a court order establishing the guardianship, and
(3) That he seeks to act on behalf of the subject of the record.
the record with a reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request for access should describe the nature of the records sought, the date of the record or the period in which the record was compiled, and the name or identifying number of the system of records in which the requester believes the record is kept.
(c) Agreement to pay fees. The filing of a request for access to a record under this subpart shall be deemed to constitute an agreement to pay all applicable fees charged under $ 700.17 up to $25.00. The Office shall confirm this agreement in its letter of acknowledgment to the requesters. When filing a request, a requester may specifiy a willingness to pay a greater amount, if applicable.
(d) Verification of identity. Any individual who submits a request for access to records must verify his identity in one of the following ways, unless the notice published in the FEDERAL REGISTER describing the relevant system of records provides otherwise.
(1) Any requester making a request in writing must state in his request his full name, current address, and date and place of birth. In addition, a requester must provide with his request an example of his signature, which shall be notarized. In order to facilitate the identification and location of the requested records, a requester may also, at his option, include in his request his Social Security number.
(2) Any requester submitting a request in person may provide to the Office a form of Official photographic identification, such as a passport or an identification badge. If a requester is unable to produce a form of photographic identification, he may provide to the Office two or more acceptable forms of identification (such as a driver's license or credit card) bearing his name and address.
(e) Verification of guardianship. The parent or guardian of a minor (or the guardian of a person judicially determined to be incompetent) who submits a request for access to the records of the minor or incompetent must establish:
(1) His own identity and the identity of the subject of the record, as required in paragraph (d) of this section,
$ 700.12 Responses to requests for ac
cess to records. (a) Authority to grant or deny requests. The head of the Office, or his designee. is authorized to grant or deny any request for access to a record.
(b) Initial action by the Office. When the Office receives a request for access to a record in its possession, the Office shall promptly determine whether another Government agency is better able to determine whether the record is exempt, to any extent, from access. If the Office determines that it is the agency best able to determine whether the record is exempt, to any extent, from access, then the Office shall respond to the request. If the Office determines that it is not the agency best able to determine whether the record is exempt from access, the Office shall respond to the request, after consulting with the agency best able to determine whether the record is exempt from access. Under ordinary circumstances, the agency that generated or originated a requested record shall be presumed to be the agency best able to determine whether the record is exempt from access. However, nothing in this section shall prohibit the agency that generated or originated a requested record from consulting with the Office, if the agency that generated or originated the requested record determines that the Office has an interest in the requested record or the information contained therein.
(c) Law-enforcement information. Whenever a request for access is made for a record containing information that relates to an investigation of a possible violation of criminal law or to a criminal law-enforcement proceeding and that was generated or originated by another agency, the Office shall consult with that other agency, as appropriate.
(d) Classified information. Whenever a request for access is made for a record
containing information that has been classified, or that may be eligible for classification, by another agency under the provision of Executive Order 12356 or any other Executive order concerning the classification of records, the Office shall refer the responsibilities for responding to the request to the agency that classified the information or should consider the information for classification. Whenever a record contains information that has been derivatively classified by the Office because it contains information classified by another agency, the Office shall refer the responsibility for responding to the request to the agency that classified the underlying information; however, such referral shall extend only to the information classified by the other agency.
(e) Agreements regarding consultations. No provision of this section shall preclude formal or informal agreements between the Office and another agency, to eliminate the need for consultations concerning requests or classes of requests.
(f) Date for determining responsive records. In determining records responsive to a request for access, the Office ordinarily will include only those records within the Office's possession and control as of the date of its receipt of the request. $ 700.13 Form and content of Office re
sponses. (a) Form of notice granting request for access. After the Office has made a determination to grant a request for access in whole or in part, the Office shall so notify the requester in writing. The notice shall describe the manner in which access to the record will be granted and shall inform the requester of any fees to be charged in accordance with $700.17.
(b) Form of notice denying request for access. When the Office denies a request for access in whole or in part it shall so notify the requester in writing. The notice shall be signed by the head of the Office, or his designee, and shall include:
(1) The name and title or position of the person responsible for the denial;
(2) A brief statement of the reason or reasons for the denial, including the
Privacy Act exemption or exemptions that the Office has relied upon in denying the request and a brief explanation of the manner in which the exemption or exemptions apply to each record withheld; and
(3) A statement that the denial may be appealed under $ 700.18(a) and a description of the requirements of that subsection.
(c) Record cannot be located or has been destroyed. If a requested record cannot be located from the information supplied, or is known or believed to have been destroyed or otherwise disposed of, the Office shall so notify the requester in writing.
(d) Medical records. When an individual requests medical records pertaining to himself that are not otherwise exempt from individual access, the Office may advise the individual that the records will be provided only to a physician, designated by the individual, who requests the records and establishes his identity in writing. The designated physician shall determine which records should be provided to the individual and which records should not be disclosed to the individual because of possible harm to the individual or another person.
$ 700.14 Classified information.
In processing a request for access to a record containing information that is classified or classifiable under Executive Order 12356 or any other Executive order concerning the classification of records, the Office shall review the information to determine whether it warrants classification. Information that does not warrant classification shall not be withheld from a requester on the basis of 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(1). The Office shall, upon receipt of any appeal involving classified or classifiable information, take appropriate action to ensure compliance with the provisions of Executive Order 12356.
$ 700.15 Records in exempt systems of
records. (a) Law-enforcement records exempted under subsections (i)(2) and (k)(2). Before denying a request by an individual for access to a law-enforcement record that has been exempted from access