[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
(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,
(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:
(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
(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]