[Title 28 CFR D]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - July 1, 2002 Edition]
[Title 28 - JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION]
[Chapter I - DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE]
[Part 0 - ORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE]
[Subpart D - 2--Office of Legal Policy]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


28JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION12002-07-012002-07-01false2--Office of Legal PolicyDSubpart DJUDICIAL ADMINISTRATIONDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
                   Subpart D-2--Office of Legal Policy



Sec. 0.23  General functions.

    The Office of Legal Policy shall be headed by an Assistant Attorney 
General. The principal responsibilities of the Office shall be to plan, 
develop, and coordinate the implementation of major policy initiatives 
of high priority to the Department and to the Administration. In 
addition, the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, shall:
    (a) Examine and study legislation and other policy proposals and 
coordinate Departmental efforts to secure enactment of those of special 
interest to the Department and the Administration.
    (b) Assist the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in 
fulfilling responsibilities of the Federal Legal Council to promote 
coordination and communication among Federal legal offices with the goal 
of achieving effective, consistent, and efficient management of legal 
resources throughout the Federal Government.
    (c) Manage and coordinate the discharge of Departmental 
responsibilities related to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 
552) and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a), including coordination and 
implementation of policy development and compliance within executive 
agencies and Departmental units relative to the Freedom on Information 
Act and within Departmental units relative to the Privacy Act; and 
supervise the Office of Information and Privacy which will, except as 
otherwise directed by the Attorney General, act on appeals taken from 
Departmental denials of access to records under the Privacy Act and the 
Freedom of Information Act.
    (d) Advise and assist the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney 
General regarding the selection and appointment of Federal judges.
    (e) Administer the Federal Justice Research Program.
    (f) Represent the Department on the Administrative Conference of the 
United States and, as appropriate, on regulatory reform matters.
    (g) Participate, as appropriate, in internal budget hearings of the 
Department with regard to policy implications of resource allocations 
and resource implications of major policy initiatives; and advise the 
Assistant Attorney General for Administration with regard to information 
requirements for Departmental policy formulation.
    (h) Advise appropriate Departmental officials, from time to time, on 
investigation, litigation, negotiation, penal, or correctional policies 
to insure the compatibility of those policies with overall Departmental 
goals.
    (i) Perform such other duties and functions as may be specially 
assigned by the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General.

In carrying out his responsibilities under this section, the Assistant 
Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, shall have the right to call 
upon the relevent Departmental units for personnel and other assistance.

[Order No. 960-81, 46 FR 52341, Oct. 27, 1981, as amended by Order No. 
1054-84, 49 FR 10118, Mar. 19, 1984; Order No. 1055-84, 49 FR 12253, 
Mar. 29, 1984]



Sec. 0.23a  Office of Information and Privacy.

    (a) There is established, in the Office of Legal Policy, the Office 
of Information and Privacy, which, under the general supervision and 
direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, 
shall:
    (1) Act on behalf of the Attorney General on Freedom of Information 
Act and Privacy Act appeals under Secs. 16.8, 16.48, 16.50(d) and 16.52, 
respectively, under the supervision of the Assistant Attorney General, 
Office of Legal Policy, except that:

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    (i) In the case of a denial of a request by the Assistant Attorney 
General, Office of Legal Policy, the Attorney General or his designee 
shall act on the appeal, and
    (ii) A denial of a request by the Attorney General shall constitute 
the final action of the Department on that request.
    (2) Provide staff support to the Department Review Committee, 
established by Sec. 17.148 of this chapter.
    (3) Advise executive agencies and organizational units of the 
Department on questions relating to interpretation and application of 
the Freedom of Information Act and advise the Department on questions 
relating to interpretation and application of the Privacy Act.
    (4) Coordinate the development and implementation of and compliance 
with Freedom of Information Act policy within the executive agencies and 
all organizational units of the Department.
    (5) Undertake, arrange, or support training and informational 
programs concerning both acts for the executive agencies and the 
Department.
    (6) Undertake such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the 
Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy.
    (b) All federal agencies which intend to deny Freedom of Information 
Act requests raising novel issues should consult with the Office of 
Information and Privacy to the extent practicable.

[Order No. 973-82, 47 FR 10809, Mar. 12, 1982, as amended by Order No. 
1055-84, 49 FR 12253, Mar. 29, 1984]



Sec. 0.23b  Office of Asylum Policy and Review.

    There is established, in the Office of Legal Policy, the Asylum 
Policy and Review Unit, headed by a Director, under the general 
supervision and direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Office of 
Legal Policy, and exercising such duties as the Deputy Attorney General 
delegates pursuant to 28 CFR 0.15(f) or otherwise assigns to it.

[Order No. 1176-87, 52 FR 11044, Apr. 7, 1987]