[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 4, Volume 1]
[Revised as of January 1, 2009]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 4CFR81.4]

[Page 84]
                            TITLE 4--ACCOUNTS
Sec. 81.4  Requests for identifiable records.

    (a) A request to inspect or obtain a copy of an identifiable record 
of GAO must be submitted in writing to the Chief Quality Officer, U.S. 
Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 
20548. Requests may also be made via a link from GAO's Internet Home 
page at http://www.gao.gov. Requests also may be emailed to 
recordsrequest@gao.gov. The Chief Quality Officer will either 
acknowledge or honor the request within 20 days of receipt.
    (b) The Chief Quality Officer will honor requests for expedited 
processing before all other requests in cases in which the person 
requesting the records demonstrates a compelling need. A demonstration 
of compelling need shall be made by a statement certified by the 
requester to be true and correct to the best of the requester's 
knowledge and belief.
    (c) In the event of an objection or doubt as to the propriety of 
providing the requester with a copy of the record sought, every effort 
will be made to resolve such problems as quickly as possible, including 
consultation with appropriate GAO elements. If it is determined that the 
record should be withheld, the Chief Quality Officer shall inform the 
requester in writing that the request has been denied, shall identify 
the material withheld, and shall explain the basis for the denial.
    (d) A person whose request is denied in whole or part may 
administratively appeal the denial within 60 days after the date of the 
denial by submitting a letter to the Comptroller General of the United 
States at the address listed in paragraph (a) of this section, 
explaining why the denial of the request was unwarranted.