[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: 4CFR81.3]

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                            TITLE 4--ACCOUNTS
 
               CHAPTER I--GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
 
PART 81_PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE RECORDS--Table of Contents
 
Sec. 81.3  Definitions.

    As used in this part:
    (a) Identifiable means a reasonably specific description of a 
particular record sought, such as the date of the record, subject 
matter, agency or person involved, etc., which will permit location or 
retrieval of the record.
    (b) Records includes all books, papers, manuals, maps, photographs, 
reports, and other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or 
characteristics, including electronically created or maintained 
materials, under the control of GAO in pursuance of law or in connection 
with the transaction of public business. As used in this part, the term 
``records'' is limited to an existing record under GAO's control and 
does not include compiling or procuring records, library or museum 
material made, acquired, or preserved solely for reference or exhibition 
purposes, or extra copies of documents preserved only for convenience of 
reference.
    (c) Records available to the public means records which may be 
examined or copied or of which copies may be obtained, in accordance 
with this part, by the public or representatives of the press regardless 
of interest and without specific justification.
    (d) Disclose or disclosure means making available for examination or 
copying, or furnishing a copy.
    (e) Person includes an individual, partnership, corporation, 
association, or public or private organization other than a Federal 
agency.
    (f) Compelling need means that a failure to obtain requested records 
on an expedited basis could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent 
threat to the life or physical safety of an individual, or the records 
are needed urgently, with respect to a request made by a person 
primarily engaged in disseminating information, for the requester to 
inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government 
activity.

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