FBI Policy on the Disclosure of Information by Current or Former Personnel
All current and former personnel* seeking to disclose FBI information outside of their official duties must submit the material to prepublication review. This requirement is set out in the FBI Prepublication Review Policy Guide and Nondisclosure Agreements signed upon entering service.
The Prepublication Review Office's (PRO) mission is to engage with current and former personnel to ensure any products created for public release are free from prohibited disclosures that could harm FBI personnel, assets, and operations.
What Qualifies for Prepublication Review?
Any proposed public disclosure by current and former FBI personnel (oral, written, or electronic) created in their personal capacity, outside of official duty requirements, must be submitted. Prepublication review is required prior to disclosures of drafts, initial manuscripts, and similar preliminary works to anyone including non-FBI attorneys, ghost writers, co-authors, and publishers. These products can include:
- Books (fiction or nonfiction)
- Newspaper and magazine articles or opinion pieces
- Academic publications
- Resumes, bios, and cover letters
- Content appearing on websites, blogs, and social media
- Speeches and public appearances
- Scripts for any film, television, video, or theater project
The PRO will conduct a thorough review to assess whether the proposed publication includes prohibited information. We will
advise the requester of any concerns and then work with the requester to resolve them. Reviews can take 30 business days or longer, depending on material complexity and length.
How to Make a Request
- Submit the full text at least 30 working days in advance of the proposed disclosure.
- Provide your full name, title, and date range of service.
- Attach full draft, to include tables of contents, indexes, images, or any other information you intend to include in the final publication.
Pages and lines of the draft should be numbered (for reference) and the draft should be unlocked and in a common document type (.doc, .pdf, etc.).
- For larger bodies of work, describe the product, characters, FBI relevance, and if there are any other federal government agencies’ information within your work.
- Provide resources or citations.
Submit materials by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail to:
Prepublication Review Office
Information Management Division
200 Constitution Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4842
*FBI Personnel are defined as “individuals employed by, detailed, or assigned to the FBI, including task force officers, members, and participants; members of the armed forces; experts and consultants to the FBI; industrial and commercial contractors, licensees, certificate holders, or grantees of the FBI, including all subcontractors; personal service contractors of the FBI; and any other category or person who acts for or on behalf of the FBI, as determined by the FBI Director.” [FBI Prepublication Review Policy Guide (1065PG)]