28 CFR 802.27 - Compliance/noncompliance.
The General Counsel is responsible for determining if CSOSA should comply or not comply with the demand, and the Deputy Director of PSA is responsible for determining if PSA should comply with the demand.
(a) An employee may not produce any documents, or provide testimony regarding any information relating to, or based upon Agency documents, or disclose any information or produce materials acquired as part of the performance of that employee's official duties, or because of that employee's official status without prior authorization from the General Counsel or Deputy Director. The reasons for this policy are as follows:
(1) To conserve the time of the agency for conducting official business;
(2) To minimize the possibility of involving the agency in controversial issues that are not related to the agency's mission;
(3) To prevent the possibility that the public will misconstrue variances between personal opinions of agency employees and agency policies;
(4) To avoid spending the time and money of the United States for private purposes;
(5) To preserve the integrity of the administrative process; and
(6) To protect confidential, sensitive information and the deliberative process of the agency.
(b) An attorney from the Office of the General Counsel shall appear with any CSOSA employee upon whom the demand has been made (and with any PSA employee if so requested by the Deputy Director), and shall provide the court or other authority with a copy of the regulations contained in this part. The attorney shall also inform the court or authority that the demand has been or is being referred for prompt consideration by the General Counsel or Deputy Director. The court or other authority will be requested respectfully to stay the demand pending receipt of the requested instructions from the General Counsel or Deputy Director.
(c) If the court or other authority declines to stay the effect of the demand pending receipt of instructions from the General Counsel or Deputy Director, or if the court or other authority rules that the demand must be complied with irrespective of the instructions from the General Counsel or Deputy Director not to produce the material or disclose the information sought, the employee upon whom the demand was made shall respectfully decline to produce the information under United States ex rel. Touhy v. Ragen, 340 U.S. 462 (1951). In this case, the Supreme Court held that a government employee could not be held in contempt for following an agency regulation requiring agency approval before producing government information in response to a court order.
(d) To achieve the purposes noted in paragraphs (a)(1) through (6) of this section, the agency will consider factors such as the following in determining whether a demand should be complied with:
(1) The Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 522a;
(3) The Victims Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 10606(b);
(4) D.C. statutes and regulations;
(5) Any other state or federal statute or regulation;
(6) Whether disclosure is appropriate under the rules of procedure governing the case or matter in which the demand arose;
(7) Whether disclosure is appropriate under the relevant substantive law concerning privilege;
(8) Whether disclosure would reveal a confidential source or informant, unless the investigative agency and the source or informant have no objection; and
(9) Whether disclosure would reveal investigatory records compiled for law enforcement purposes, and would interfere with enforcement proceedings or disclose investigative techniques and procedures the effectiveness of which would thereby be impaired.