Compelling Need for Records Law and Legal Definition

According to 4 CFR 81.3 Title 4 Accounts; Chapter I Government Accountability Office; Subchapter F Records; Part 81 Public Availability of Government Accountability Office Records], compelling need for records 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.