24 CFR 2002.21 - Authority to deny requests for records and form of denial.
(a) An Assistant Inspector General may deny a request for a record. Any denial will:
(1) Be in writing;
(2) State simply the reasons for the denial;
(3) State that review of the denial by the Inspector General of HUD may be requested;
(4) Set forth the steps for obtaining review consistent with § 2002.25; and
(5) Be signed by the Assistant Inspector General responsible for the denial.
(b) The classes of records authorized to be exempted from disclosure by the Freedom of Information Act ( 5 U.S.C. 552) are those which concern matters that are:
(i) Specifically authorized under criteria established by an executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy; and
(ii) Are in fact properly classified under the cited executive order;
(2) Related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of HUD;
(3) Specifically exempted from disclosure by statute (other than section 552b of title 5), provided that the statute either:
(i) Requires that the matters be withheld from the public in a manner that leaves no discretion on the issue; or
(ii) Establishes particular criteria for withholding or refers to particular types of matters to be withheld;
(4) Trade secrets and commercial or financial information that are obtained from a person and are privileged or confidential;
(5) Inter-agency or intra-agency memoranda or letters that would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with HUD;
(6) Personnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;
(7) Records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information:
(i) Could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings;
(ii) Would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication;
(iii) Could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;
(iv) Could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source, including a state, local, or foreign agency or authority, or any private institution which furnished information on a confidential basis, and, in the case of a record or information compiled by a criminal law enforcement authority in the course of a criminal investigation or by an agency conducting a lawful national security intelligence investigation, information furnished by a confidential source;
(v) Would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if the disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law; or
(vi) Could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual;
(8) Contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of an agency responsible for the regulation or supervision of financial institutions; or
(9) Geological and geophysical information and data, including maps, concerning wells.
(c) With regard to a request for commercial or financial information, predisclosure notification to business submitters is required by Executive Order 12600 (3 CFR, 1987 Comp., p. 235) to afford the business submitter an opportunity to object to disclosure of the requested information.
(d) Any reasonably segregable portion of a record shall be provided to any person requesting the record, after deletion of the portions that are exempt under this section.