The prohibited conduct under 18 U.S.C. § 1791(a)(1) must violate a "statute or a rule, or order issued under a statute." This includes rules and orders promulgated both by the Attorney General and the Bureau of Prisons.
Prior law prohibited introducing any prohibited item into or taking any prohibited item from a federal penal facility. As amended by the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, 18 U.S.C. § 1791(a)(1) prohibits providing or attempting to provide contraband. Since the 1984 amendment eliminates the "taking or sending" language, this section can no longer be used to punish smuggling items out of a federal penal facility.
[cited in JM 9-69.300]