(a) Subsequent Review.— The Secretary concerned shall conduct subsequent inquiries into the whereabouts and status of any person determined by the Secretary under section
1504 of this title to be in a missing status.
(b) Frequency of Subsequent Reviews.— The Secretary concerned shall conduct inquiries into the whereabouts and status of a person under subsection (a) upon receipt of information that may result in a change of status of the person. The Secretary concerned shall appoint a board to conduct such inquiries.
(c) Action Upon Discovery or Receipt of Information.—
(1)Whenever any United States intelligence agency or other element of the Government finds or receives information that may be related to a missing person, the information shall promptly be forwarded to the office established under section
1501 of this title.
(2)Upon receipt of information under paragraph (1), the head of the office established under section
1501 of this title shall as expeditiously as possible ensure that the information is added to the appropriate case file for that missing person and notify
(A) the designated missing person’s counsel for that person, and
(B) the primary next of kin and any previously designated person for the missing person of the existence of that information.
(3)The head of the office established under section
1501 of this title, with the advice of the missing person’s counsel notified under paragraph (2), shall determine whether the information is significant enough to require a board review under this section.
(d) Conduct of Proceedings.— If it is determined that such a board should be appointed, the appointment of, and activities before, a board appointed under this section shall be governed by the provisions of section
1504 of this title with respect to a board appointed under that section.
1996—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 104–201reenacted heading without change and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows:
“(1) In the case of a missing person who was last known to be alive or who was last suspected of being alive, the Secretary shall appoint a board to conduct an inquiry with respect to a person under this subsection—
“(A) on or about three years after the date of the initial report of the disappearance of the person under section
1502(a) of this title; and
“(B) not later than every three years thereafter.
“(2) In addition to appointment of boards under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall appoint a board to conduct an inquiry with respect to a missing person under this subsection upon receipt of information that could result in a change of status of the missing person. When the Secretary appoints a board under this paragraph, the time for subsequent appointments of a board under paragraph (1)(B) shall be determined from the date of the receipt of such information.
“(3) The Secretary is not required to appoint a board under paragraph (1) with respect to the disappearance of any person—
“(A) more than 30 years after the initial report of the disappearance of the missing person required by section
1502 of this title; or
“(B) if, before the end of such 30-year period, the missing person is accounted for.”
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