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customers, because it would make any information in
reports those institutions are required to give the Secretary
of the Treasury available to 'any other department or agency
of the United States' merely upon the ex parte request of the
head of that department or agency upon an assertion that the
particular information desired is officially needed in connec
tion with a criminal, tax or regulatory investigation or pro
ceeding. While section 212 of the statute makes it lawful for
report information to be made available to other Federal
agencies, it vests power in the Secretary of the Treasury to
prescribe by regulation the conditions and procedures. In line
with the spirit of section 213 that makes the provisions of 5
U. S. Code, Chapters 5 and 7 applicable to this statute with
the exception of 5 U. S. Code, section 552 dealing with
disclosure of information, the Secretary should provide some
administrative procedure whereby the institutions and customers
involved can present their side of the issue, if they wish to do so,
before the request of a Federal agency head for information is
granted by the Secretary of the Treasury."
As issued, the final regulations paid no heed to this suggestion.
No change in the Act would be required to permit the Department
of the Treasury to adopt all of these three suggestions made by the National League, if it could be persuaded to do so.
The National League respectfully requests the Subcommittee
to keep these suggestions in mind in carrying out the legislative overseer
duties the Congress placed on itself in the Legislative Reorganization Act
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to the Criminal Division of my office, and they heartily concur in the recommendation of General Meyer.
I am sorry that we are unable to take a more definitive
Please excuse the slight delay in responding to your letter of August 22, 1972. I wanted to give as many of our members as possible a chance to respond prior to communicating to you on behalf of the National Association of Attorneys General.
There is no formal machinery by which our Association
The matter was referred to the Chairman of our Committee on Criminal Law and Law Enforcement, Attorney General Clarence A. H. Meyer of Nebraska, who has taken a personal position and has informed the members of his committee as well as the Executive Committee of that decision. I would refer you to his Senators, Roman Hruska and Carl Curtis, for the full statement of his position. Stated simply, his recommendation was that the Association oppose the enactment of S. 3828 and S. 3814. I have referred the matter