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U.S. Marshals Service

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act

Witness Security Files Information System

ACRONYM: WITSEC

ORIGINATOR:
Department/Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice
Major Organization Subdivision: United States Marshals Service (USMS)
Minor Organization Subdivision: Investigative Services Division
Name of Unit: 
Street Address: CS-3, U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip Code: 20530-1000
Country: United States
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

ABSTRACT: This system contains requests to enter the Witness Security Program, background information, funding information, and moving information on government witnesses who are participants in the Program.

PURPOSE: WITSEC files are used to plan and accomplish the major functions involved in the protection of government witnesses and their families.

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: All WITSEC files are protected from unauthorized access through appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. These safeguards include restricting access to those with a need-to-know to perform their official duties, using locks and alarm devices, passwords and/or encrypting data communications.

USE CONSTRAINTS: Users are restricted to only those privileges necessary to perform assigned tasks.

AGENCY PROGRAM: The WITSEC system supports the USMS in providing for the security, health, and safety of government witnesses, and their immediate dependents, whose lives are in danger as a result of their testimony against organized crime, drug traffickers, terrorists and other major criminals.

SOURCES OF DATA: The individual, the court, other Federal, State, local and foreign law enforcement agencies, and medical personnel.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICE FOR DISTRIBUTING INFORMATION

OFFICE OF CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

DATE OF LAST MODIFICATION: Ongoing

FOIA Contact

 

FOIA E-Mail

FOIA/PA Officer
Office of General Counsel
Department of Justice
U.S. Marshals Service
Washington, DC 20530-1000 (202) 307-9054

Upon request, the agency's electronic Reading Room may be accessed through a computer located at USMS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Please call (202) 307-9054 to make arrangements.

 

 

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