Statutory Law - US Code - 50 USC 403-9. Information access by the Comptroller General of the United States


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50 USC § 403–9. Information access by the Comptroller General of the United States

*Current through Public Law 112-173, August 16th, 2012.

(a) DNI directive governing access
(1) Requirement for directive
The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Comptroller General of the United States, shall issue a written directive governing the access of the Comptroller General to information in the possession of an element of the intelligence community.
(2) Amendment to directive
The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Comptroller General, may issue an amendment to the directive issued under paragraph (1) at any time the Director determines such an amendment is appropriate.
(3) Relationship to other laws
The directive issued under paragraph (1) and any amendment to such directive issued under paragraph (2) shall be consistent with the provisions of—
(A) chapter 7 of title 31; and
(B) the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.).
(b) Confidentiality of information
(1) Requirement for confidentiality
The Comptroller General of the United States shall ensure that the level of confidentiality of information made available to the Comptroller General pursuant to the directive issued under subsection (a)(1) or an amendment to such directive issued under subsection (a)(2) is not less than the level of confidentiality of such information required of the head of the element of the intelligence community from which such information was obtained.
(2) Penalties for unauthorized disclosure
An officer or employee of the Government Accountability Office shall be subject to the same statutory penalties for unauthorized disclosure or use of such information as an officer or employee of the element of the intelligence community from which such information was obtained.
(c) Submission to Congress
(1) Submission of directive
The directive issued under subsection (a)(1) shall be submitted to Congress by the Director of National Intelligence, together with any comments of the Comptroller General of the United States, no later than May 1, 2011.
(2) Submission of amendment
Any amendment to such directive issued under subsection (a)(2) shall be submitted to Congress by the Director, together with any comments of the Comptroller General.
(d) Effective date
The directive issued under subsection (a)(1) and any amendment to such directive issued under subsection (a)(2) shall take effect 60 days after the date such directive or amendment is submitted to Congress under subsection (c), unless the Director determines that for reasons of national security the directive or amendment should take effect sooner.

(Pub. L. 111–259, title III, §348, Oct. 7, 2010, 124 Stat. 2700.)