Criminal Law

V. Dissemination and Maintenance of Information

  1. The FBI may disseminate information during the checking of leads, preliminary inquiries, and investigations conducted pursuant to these Guidelines to United States Attorneys, the Criminal Division, and other components, officials, and officers of the Department of Justice. The FBI may disseminate information during the checking of leads, preliminary inquiries, and investigations conducted pursuant to these Guidelines to another Federal agency or to a State or local criminal justice agency when such information:

    1. falls within the investigative or protective jurisdiction or litigative responsibility of the agency;
    2. may assist in preventing a crime or the use of violence or any other conduct dangerous to human life;
    3. is required to be furnished to another Federal agency by Executive Order 10450, as amended, dated April 27, 1953, or a successor Order; or
    4. is required to be disseminated by statute, interagency agreement approved by the Attorney General, or Presidential Directive;

      and to other persons and agencies as required by 5 U.S.C. 552 or as otherwise permitted by 5 U.S.C. 552a.

  2. The FBI shall maintain a database that identifies all preliminary inquiries and investigations conducted pursuant to these Guidelines and that permits the prompt retrieval of information concerning the status (open or closed) and subjects of all such inquiries and investigations.