The Department’s regulations implementing FARA give parties the ability to make inquiries of the FARA Registration Unit concerning the application of the Act to contemplated activities and the Department's present enforcement intentions with respect to those activities. See 28 C.F.R. § 5.2. Such inquiries must reflect actual, contemplated transactions and cannot be anonymous. 28 C.F.R. § 5.2(b).
Below are links to advisory opinions that the FARA Registration Unit has issued pursuant to requests under 28 C.F.R. § 5.2 since January 1, 2010, as well as three opinions issued prior to that point (which were previously summarized on this website). The identities of the parties and any personal identifying or proprietary information have been redacted from the opinions. The FARA Unit will post future advisory opinions in a similar manner on a periodic basis.
Please note that these letters, and the guidance they provide, are based on the information submitted to the FARA Registration Unit. Nothing in these letters is intended to create any substantive or procedural rights, privileges, or benefits enforceable in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter. See United States v. Caceres, 440 U.S. 741 (1979). For further information please contact the FARA Registration Unit at FARA.Public@usdoj.gov or by telephone at