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OI 104.3 Service center liaison with the Office of Fraud Prevention Programs.
The Service Center Intelligence Officer will act as a working-level contact with the Department of State's Office of Fraud Prevention Programs (FPP). Each director shall also designate at least one alternate liaison officer. The liaison officers shall have direct contact with the consular officers at FPP, who have country-specific and passport agency-specific assignments. The consular officers shall, in turn, have direct contact with the liaison officers.
The purpose of the liaison is to foster closer ties in areas of mutual concern, and to benefit both agencies. The liaison would allow for the rapid exchange of information necessary to properly adjudicate cases. The service centers would be better able to utilize FPP as a source of anti-fraud information. The liaison would help determine training needs in such areas as foreign laws and documentation. In addition, such liaison may result in investigative products from State which would b more useful to t
he Service in administrative and legal proceedings.
The liaison shall be restricted to fraud matters of an operational nature and shall not supplant the role of any other branch. Any policy matters shall be referred to Headquarters, Office of Service Center Operations (COSCO).
The Service has advised FPP that the liaison duties are collateral and has asked FPP to minimize contacts by consolidating requests to each center to the extent possible. Center directors should advise COSCO if the frequency of contacts becomes excessive. Directors shall notify COSCO of any changes in liaison officers, alternates and/or relating telephone numbers. (TM 185)