Federal and state agencies traditionally obtain information for law enforcement purposes using a variety of methods including:
Number of federal authorities that permit various federal agencies to issue administrative subpoenas.2
If you receive a government request for personal information consider the following steps and questions:
1. We use administrative subpoenas here to refer to “all powers, regardless of name, that Congress has granted to federal agencies to make an administrative or civil investigatory demand compelling document production or testimony” U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy, Report to Congress on the Use of Administrative Subpoena Authorities by Executive Branch Agencies and Entities Pursuant to Public Law 106-544, [hereinafter DoJ Report] available at https://www.justice.gov/archive/olp/rpt_to_congress.htm.