5 CFR 2412.6 - Initial decision on access requests.
(a) Within ten (10) working days of the receipt of a request pursuant to § 2412.5, the appropriate Regional Director or the Director of Administration of the Authority, as appropriate, shall make an initial decision whether the requested records exist and whether they will be made available to the person requesting them. That initial decision shall immediately be communicated, in writing or other appropriate form, to the person who has made the request.
(b) Where the initial decision is to provide access to the requested records, the above writing or other appropriate communication shall:
(1) Briefly describe the records to be made available;
(2) State whether any records maintained, in the system of records in question, about the individual making the request are not being made available;
(3) State that the requested records will be available during ordinary office hours at the appropriate regional office or offices of the Authority, the General Counsel or the Panel, as appropriate; and
(4) State whether any further verification of the identity of the requesting individual is necessary.
(c) Where the initial decision is not to provide access to requested records, the appropriate Regional Director or the Director of Administration of the Authority, as appropriate, shall by writing or other appropriate communication explain the reason for that decision. The appropriate Regional Director or the Director of Administration of the Authority, as appropriate, shall only refuse to provide an individual access where:
(1) There is inadequate verification of identity under § 2412.5(d);
(2) In fact no such records are maintained; or
(3) The requested records have been compiled in a reasonable anticipation of civil or criminal action or proceedings.