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‘Law Enforcement Doc’|Defined Broadly by GAO

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Government Accountability Office plans to refine a regulation to define "law enforcement" documents, which are exempt from disclosure, broadly, to include "civil and administrative as well as criminal matters."

In a proposed rule adjusting a GAO document disclosure regulation to remove reports, decisions and all other documents now available through its Web site, the office clarified that it plans to interpret "law enforcement" document broadly to include documents associated with "civil and administrative as well as criminal matters."

The GAO stated in its proposal that it includes in the category of exempted law enforcement information, documents the office has collected for its investigations, and documents indicating possible wrongdoing that it has passed on to other departments when the GAO is told they are being used or will be used for law enforcement purposes at the time of a request for disclosure.

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