Nothing in these Guidelines shall limit the general reviews or audits of papers, files, contracts, or other-records in the government's possession, or the performance ofsimilat services at the specific request of a Department or agency of the United States. Such reviews, audits or similar services must be for the purpose of detecting or preventing violations of federal law which are within the investigative responsibility of the FBI.

Nothing in these Guidelines is intended to limit the FBI's responsibilities to investigate certain applicants and employees under the federal personnel security program.

These Guidelines are set forth solely for the purpose of internal Department of Justice guidance. They are not intended to, do not, and may not be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any matter, civil or criminal, nor do they place any limitation on otherwise lawful investigative and litigative prerogatives of the Department of Justice.

Date: May 30, 2002 /s/
John Ashcroft
Attorney General