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The Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division
is responsible for promoting and maintaining competitive markets by
enforcing the Federal antitrust laws. Such enforcement, which is the
principal function of the Division, involves investigating possible
antitrust violations, conducting grand jury proceedings, preparing
and trying antitrust cases, prosecuting appeals, and negotiating and
enforcing final judgments. The antitrust laws affect virtually all
industries and apply to every phase of business, including
manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and marketing. They
prohibit a variety of practices that restrain trade, such as price-
fixing conspiracies, corporate mergers likely to reduce the
competitive vigor of particular markets, and predatory acts designed
to achieve or maintain monopoly power. The Division prosecutes
serious and willful violations of the antitrust laws by filing
criminal suits that can lead to large fines and jail sentences.
Where criminal prosecution is not appropriate, the Division seeks a
court order forbidding future violations of the law and requiring
steps by the defendant to remedy the anticompetitive effects of past
The Division also is responsible for acting as an advocate of
competition within the Federal Government. This involves formal
appearances in Federal administrative agency proceedings,
development of legislative initiatives to promote deregulation and
eliminate unjustifiable exemptions from the antitrust laws,
participation on executive branch policy task forces, and
publication of reports on regulated industry performance. The
Division provides formal advice to other agencies on the competitive
implications of proposed transactions requiring Federal approval,
such as construction of nuclear powerplants and mergers of financial
institutions. It also consults with Federal agencies on a variety of
other matters, including the issuance of Federal coal and oil
drilling leases and the disposition of surplus Government property.
In addition, the Antitrust Division represents the United States in
judicial proceedings to review certain orders of regulatory agencies
and provides direct court representation for the Secretary of the
Treasury in certain Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms cases.
It also participates in Federal Trade Commission cases before the
In the international law area, the Division represents the United
States on the Committee on Competition Law and Policy of the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, participates
in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and,
through the Department of State, maintains liaison with foreign
governments on antimonopoly laws and policies.
For further information, contact the FOIA Unit, Antitrust Division,
Department of Justice, 325 Seventh Street NW., Washington, DC 20530.
The Civil Division represents the United States, its departments and
agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers, and other Federal
employees. Its litigation reflects the diversity of Government
activities, involving, for example, the defense of challenges to
Presidential actions; national security issues; benefit programs;
energy policies; commercial issues such as contract disputes,
banking, insurance, patents, fraud, and debt collection; all manner
of accident and liability claims; and violations of the immigration
and consumer protection laws. Each year, Division attorneys handle
thousands of cases that collectively involve billions of dollars in
claims and recoveries. The Division confronts significant policy
issues, which often rise to constitutional dimensions, in defending
and enforcing various Federal programs and actions.
The Civil Division litigates cases in all Federal district courts,
the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, other
Federal and State courts, and the courts of foreign nations.
Division attorneys either conduct this litigation personally or they
supervise or assist the U.S. attorneys and foreign counsel to whom
the Division refers the cases. The Division is composed of seven
major groups: the Torts Branch, the Commercial Litigation Branch,
the Federal Programs Branch, the Appellate Staff, the Office of
Consumer Litigation, the Office of Immigration Litigation, and an
Office of Management Programs.
The Torts Branch is responsible for suits under the Federal Tort
Claims Act, including medical malpractice, aviation disasters,
environmental and occupational disease, and radiation and toxic
substance exposure. It also handles maritime litigation and suits
that seek personal monetary judgments against individual officers or
Tort litigation more specifically includes the defense of all
Federal Tort Claims Act suits against the United States, and the
prosecution of suits in tort on behalf of the United States. Suits
and administrative claims for death, personal injury, and property
damage brought under the Tort Claims Act allege negligence on the
part of Government employees acting within the scope of their
employment and involve matters such as the operation of Government
vehicles, the maintenance of Government premises, and the
performance of Federal services and regulatory functions such as
medical treatment, hospital care, and the control of civilian,
military, and commercial air traffic. In addition, the Torts Branch
defends petitions filed pursuant to the Vaccine Injury Compensation
Program and is responsible for administering the Radiation Exposure
Tort litigation also includes all legal proceedings involving the
United States related to ships, shipping, navigable waters, and
The Division's admiralty litigation includes suits for personal
injury and property damage involving vessels, shore installations,
and maritime personnel, equipment, and cargoes; suits arising out of
contracts involving shipping, chartering of vessels, and the
construction, repair, and salvaging of vessels; proceedings to
enforce navigation and shipping laws; and litigation based on
international maritime agreements.
The Commercial Litigation Branch is responsible for litigation
associated with the Government's diverse financial involvements.
This litigation includes all monetary suits involving contracts,
express or implied; actions to foreclose on Government mortgages and
liens; bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings; and suits against
guarantors and sureties.
Branch attorneys bring suit under the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C.
3729) for the recovery of treble damages and civil penalties and
alternative remedies, in connection with fraud in the award or
performance of Government contracts, false claims presented in
connection with Federal programs, the submission of false statements
and vouchers to Government agencies, and the use of other fraudulent
devices in transactions with the Government. These suits include
those filed pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the False Claims
Act, in which private citizens with knowledge of fraud against the
Government may file a lawsuit against the perpetrators on behalf of
the United States and share in a percentage of any monetary
Branch attorneys also bring suits to recover sums paid to bribe
Government officials and kickbacks in Government procurement.
The Branch is responsible for all cases in the U.S. Court of
International Trade, including suits brought by importers of
merchandise to challenge the appraisement or classification of
imported goods or other decisions of the U.S. Customs Service in its
administration of the tariff laws and schedules.
The Branch has responsibility for all litigation in the U.S. Court
of Federal Claims except for those cases assigned to the Environment
and Natural Resources Division and the Tax Division. Included are:
- patent cases and suits arising out of construction, procurement,
service contracts, and claims associated with contract terminations;
- claims involving freight rate disputes arising out of the
transportation of Government property;
- claims for just compensation under the fifth amendment;
- claims for salary or retirement by civilian and military personnel;
- cases assigned by congressional reference or special
Likewise, Branch attorneys handle the majority of cases before the
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This litigation involves
appeals of decisions made by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the
U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, Boards of Contract Appeals, the
Merit Systems Protection Board, and Federal district courts.
The Branch handles all litigation involving the rights, liabilities,
and administrative functions of the Government with respect to
patent, copyright, and trademark matters. This includes:
- defense of patent infringement suits based on the liability of the
United States for infringements in connection with the performance
of Government contracts;
- legal proceedings to establish Government priority of invention;
- suits for specific performance to require transfer of rights and
title and payment of royalties;
suits to cancel patents acquired by fraud upon the Patent Office;
- defense of administrative acts of the Register of Copyrights; and
- actions on behalf of the Government involving the use of
The Branch is also responsible for the supervision of litigation in
foreign courts involving the United States as a party and suits
against U.S. employees stationed abroad who are being sued in the
course of their Government service.
Additionally, the Branch renders international judicial assistance
to foreign and international tribunals.
The Federal Programs Branch defends and asserts the programs,
policies, and decisions of virtually all Federal departments and
agencies, the President, Cabinet officers, Members of Congress, and
other Government officials. It defends against constitutional
challenges to statutes, suits to overturn Government policies and
programs, and challenges to the legality of Government decisions.
These suits typically seek injunctive and declaratory relief and
range from objections to the way that the Government deals with its
employees to allegations that the President has violated the
Constitution or Federal law. The Branch also initiates suits to
enforce regulatory statutes and to remedy or prevent statutory or
The areas of litigation include:
- defense of suits against the heads of Federal departments and
agencies and other government officials to enjoin official actions,
as well as suits for judicial review of administrative decisions,
orders, and regulations;
- defense and prosecution of suits involving national security,
including suits to protect sensitive intelligence sources and
- prosecution of suits to prevent interference with Government
- litigation concerning the constitutionality of Federal legislation;
- defense of suits involving specialized statutes, such as the
Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and
the Privacy Act.
The Appellate Staff has primary responsibility for the litigation of
Civil Division cases in the appellate courts. The Staff prepares
Government briefs and presents oral argument for the cases.
Additionally, the Appellate Staff participates in drafting all
documents filed for these cases in the United States Supreme Court,
including briefs on the merits, petitions for certiorari, and
The Office of Consumer Litigation is responsible for civil and
criminal litigation and related matters arising under various
consumer protection and public health statutes, including the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Trade Commission
Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Hazardous Substances Act,
and the Truth in Lending Act. The Office also serves as a liaison
with other Federal agencies and with local enforcement agencies for
the referral of consumer complaints outside the jurisdiction of the
Department of Justice.
The Office of Immigration Litigation is responsible for conducting
civil litigation under the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C.
1101) and related laws and for representing the United States in
civil litigation brought against employees of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service. In addition, this Office handles district
court litigation, deportation review proceedings, habeas corpus
review and general advice, and immigration-related appellate
The Office is also responsible for cases pertaining to the issuance
of visas and passports, and for litigation arising under the amnesty
and employer sanctions provisions of the Immigration Reform and
Control Act of 1986 (8 U.S.C. 1255a, 1324a), the criminal and
terrorist alien reforms of 1990 and 1996, and the immigration
enforcement reforms of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act of 1996.
The Office of Management Programs provides management and
administrative services to the Division, including policy analysis
and planning, administrative management, budget formulation and
execution, management information systems, office automation, and
automated litigation support.
For further information, contact the Office of the Assistant
Attorney General, Civil Division, Department of Justice, Tenth
Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530. Phone,
Civil Rights Division
The Civil Rights Division, headed by an Assistant Attorney General,
was established in 1957 to secure effective Federal enforcement of
civil rights. The Division is the primary institution within the
Federal Government responsible for enforcing Federal statutes
prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability,
religion, and national origin.
The Division is composed of the following Sections:
The Appellate Section handles civil rights cases in the courts of
appeals and, in cooperation with the Solicitor General, in the
Supreme Court. The Section frequently participates in amicus curiae
cases that affect the Division, and provides counsel to the
Department on civil rights and appellate litigation. It handles all
appeals from both favorable and adverse judgments in which the
Coordination and Review Section
This Section coordinates the enforcement by Federal agencies of
various civil rights statutes that prohibit discrimination on the
basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in programs
and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. The
Section also conducts compliance reviews and investigates complaints
of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,
age, and religion in the services and activities of recipients of
Federal financial assistance from the Department of Justice.
Under the Federal criminal civil rights statutes, the Criminal
Section prosecutes conduct involving conspiracies to interfere with
federally protected rights, deprivation of rights under color of
law, the use of force or threat of force to injure or intimidate
someone in their enjoyment of specific rights (such as voting,
housing, employment, education, public facilities, and
accommodations), interference with the free exercise of religious
beliefs or damage to religious property, and the holding of a worker
in a condition of slavery or involuntary servitude. More recently,
the Section began enforcing the criminal aspects of the new Freedom
of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE).
This statute prohibits conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or
interfere with persons seeking to obtain or provide reproductive
services. Also, a task force staffed by attorneys from both the
Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions was created by the Attorney
General to determine if there is any organized criminal effort to
commit violence upon abortion providers.
Disability Rights Section
This Section (previously the Public Access Section) enforces Titles
I, II, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
and Department of Justice regulations implementing these provisions,
provides technical assistance to entities covered by the ADA and to
persons protected by the ADA, and coordinates the technical
assistance efforts of all Federal agencies with technical assistance
responsibilities under the ADA. The Section also certifies that
State or local building codes meet or exceed the requirements of the
ADA. The Section is also responsible for carrying out the
Department's responsibilities under section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Educational Opportunities Section
The Educational Opportunities Section enforces title IV of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of
1974. In addition, it represents the Department of Education in
certain suits filed against and on behalf of the Secretary of
Education. The Section closely monitors approximately 400 school
districts operating under desegregation court orders.
Employment Litigation Section
The Employment Litigation Section enforces the provisions of title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and other Federal
laws prohibiting employment practices that discriminate on the
grounds of race, sex, religion, and national origin, as they apply
to State and local government employers.
Housing and Civil Enforcement
Section The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section has principal
responsibility for enforcing the Fair Housing Act of 1968, as
amended, which prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and
familial status. The act allows the Section to bring cases on behalf
of individuals where a complaint is filed with the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Additionally, the Section enforces the Equal Credit Opportunity Act,
which prohibits discrimination in credit transactions; and title II
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in
places of public accommodations, such as hotels, restaurants, and
places of entertainment.
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment
The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair
Employment Practices was established pursuant to section 102 of the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (8 U.S.C. 1324b). The
Special Counsel is responsible for investigating and prosecuting
charges of national origin and citizenship status discrimination in
hiring, firing, or recruitment. Jurisdiction over national origin
charges is limited to those not covered by the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission. Jurisdiction over citizenship status is
The Special Counsel files complaints before an administrative law
judge based on charges filed with this Office or on its own
independent investigations. Appeals of administrative decisions are
to the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
In addition, the Special Counsel coordinates with the Immigration
and Naturalization Service, the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission, and other Federal agencies in promoting public awareness
of the antidiscrimination provisions of the act, through employer
and public interest conferences, public service announcements, and
nationwide distribution of enforcement information.
Special Litigation Section The Special Litigation Section is
responsible for protecting the constitutional and statutory rights
of persons confined in certain institutions owned or operated by
State or local governments, including facilities for individuals
with mental and developmental disabilities, nursing homes, prisons,
jails, and juvenile detention facilities where a pattern or practice
of violations exist. This authority is granted by the Civil Rights
of Institutionalized Persons Act. The Section is also responsible
for civil enforcement provisions of the Freedom of Access to Clinic
Entrances Act (FACE) which prohibits force or the threat of force
for the purpose of interfering with the provision of reproductive
services; and the police misconduct provision of the Violent Crime
Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which gives the Attorney
General authority to remedy patterns and practices of misconduct by
certain law enforcement authorities.
The Voting Section is responsible for the enforcement of the Voting
Rights Act of 1965, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and
Handicapped Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting
Act, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and other
statutory provisions designed to safeguard the right to vote of
racial and language minorities, illiterate persons, individuals with
disabilities, overseas citizens, persons who change their residence
shortly before a Presidential election, and persons 18 to 20 years
Under section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the Section brings
lawsuits to remedy discriminatory election practices.
Under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Section reviews voting
changes submitted to the Attorney General and defends section 5
litigation in court to assure that redistricting plans and other
changes in voting practices and procedures do not abridge the right
to vote of racial or language minorities.
Under section 8 of the Voting Rights Act, the Attorney General
requests the assignment of Federal observers - who generally are
employees of the Office of Personnel Management - to monitor polling
place activities on election day to document and deter
Administrative Management Section
This Section supports the Division by providing a diverse array of
management and technical services, including personnel
administration, budget formulation and execution, facilities
services, mail and file operations, and automated systems. This
Section also contains the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Branch,
which ensures that the Division complies with all aspects of the
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.
Another component of the Administrative Management Section is the
Office of Redress Administration, which implements the
responsibilities given to the Attorney General under section 105 of
the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. The Act provides for redress to
American citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry
who were evacuated, relocated, and interned by the United States
during World War II.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer, Civil Rights
Division, Department of Justice, P.O. Box 65310, Washington, DC
20035– 5310. Phone, 202–514–4224.
The Criminal Division develops, enforces, and supervises the
application of all Federal criminal laws, except those specifically
assigned to other divisions.
The Division and the 93 U.S. attorneys are responsible for
overseeing criminal matters under more than 900 statutes, as well as
certain civil litigation. In addition to its direct litigation
responsibilities, the Division formulates and implements criminal
enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance. The Division
approves or monitors sensitive areas of law enforcement such as
participation in the Witness Security Program and the use of
electronic surveillance; advises the Attorney General, Congress, the
Office of Management and Budget, and the White House of matters of
criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to Federal
prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for
coordinating international as well as Federal, State, and local law
Office of Administration
The Office of Administration performs a wide range of administrative
and managerial functions for the components of the Criminal
Division, including budget preparation and execution, personnel
actions, computer support services, mail and records services,
procurement, and security.
The Appellate Section prepares draft briefs and certiorari petitions
for the Solicitor General to be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court;
makes recommendations to the Solicitor General as to whether further
review on adverse decisions in the district courts and courts of
appeals is necessary; and prepares briefs and argues cases in the
courts of appeals.
The Section assists U.S. attorneys and Division prosecutors in
preparing briefs for the courts of appeals and provides advice on
Speedy Trial Act [of 1974] problems and a variety of other legal
Asset Forfeiture / Money Laundering Section
The Section provides centralized management for the Department's
asset forfeiture program to ensure its integrity and maximize its
law enforcement potential, while also providing managerial direction
to the Department's components concerned with money laundering. The
Section initiates, coordinates, and reviews legislative and policy
proposals impacting on the asset forfeiture program and money
laundering enforcement and serves as the Department's contact for
Congress, other executive branch agencies, and State and local law
The Section works with the entire spectrum of law enforcement and
regulatory agencies using an interagency, interdisciplinary, and
international approach. The Section is mandated to coordinate
multidistrict investigations and prosecutions; develop regulatory
and legislative initiatives; ensure the uniform application of
forfeiture and money laundering statutes; litigate complex,
sensitive, and multidistrict cases; and provide litigation
assistance to the U.S. attorneys' offices and Criminal Division
The Section oversees asset forfeiture and money laundering training
and conducts seminars for Federal prosecutors, investigating agents,
and law enforcement personnel. It also produces legal publications
and training materials to enhance its legal support functions.
The Section also adjudicates all petitions for remission or
mitigation of forfeited assets in judicial forfeiture cases,
administers the Weed and Seed Program and the Equitable Sharing
Program, and oversees the approval of the placement of forfeited
property into official use by Federal agencies.
Child Exploitation and Obscenity
The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) is responsible
for overseeing the Federal response to child sexual abuse and
exploitation. In carrying out these duties, CEOS attorneys work with
attorneys' offices and participate in the prosecution of violations
of Federal law involving child sexual exploitation, child sexual
abuse on Federal lands (Indian country, U.S. military installations,
and U.S. parks, prisons, and buildings), child pornography,
activities under the Mann Act, and interstate and foreign commerce
and mailing of obscene materials. CEOS attorneys also work with
Federal law enforcement officers to identify major offenders of the
applicable statutes and coordinate national investigative efforts.
In addition to the case litigation by Section attorneys, CEOS
provides training to assistant U.S. attorneys and Federal law
enforcement agents as well as substantial assistance to U.S.
attorneys' offices in the prosecution and appeals of such cases.
Since CEOS's formation in 1987, it has directed a substantial amount
of its resources to the prosecution of child pornography. Working
with the U.S.
Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Customs Service, CEOS has
coordinated and helped with several successful undercover efforts to
identify and prosecute child pornography users.
Programs have also targeted the illegal importation, distribution,
sale, and possession of child pornography by computer.
CEOS participates in the development of legislative proposals and
policy to address issues such as child pornography and child
molestation through computers; child prostitution; technical
corrections to existing Federal laws on child pornography and sexual
abuse; and changes to sentencing guidelines for these crimes.
Further, CEOS is responsible for protection of the rights of
children under the child victim-witness provisions of the Federal
criminal code and under the Child Support Recovery Act. It has also
been designated as the legal advisor to the Morgan P. Hardiman
Missing and Exploited Children Task Force.
The Fraud Section, the largest component of the Criminal Division,
directs and coordinates the Federal effort against fraud and white-
collar crime, focusing primarily on complex frauds that involve:
multidistrict and international activities; financial institutions;
the insurance industry; Government programs and procurement
procedures, including health care providers, defense procurement
fraud, and Housing and Urban Development fraud; the securities and
commodities exchanges; and multidistrict schemes that involve
consumer victimization, such as telemarketing. The Section conducts
investigations and prosecutes on its own about 100 fraud cases of
national significance or great complexity annually. It also assists
U.S. attorneys with cases, where requested. The Section maintains a
regional Bank Fraud Task Force field office in Boston, MA. The
Section also trains Federal agents and prosecutors through its
conferences and participation in other Federal conferences.
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property
The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIP) is
responsible for implementing the Department's Computer Crime
Initiative, a comprehensive program designed to address the growing
global computer crime problem and ensure the appropriate protection
of intellectual property rights (copyrights, trademarks, and trade
secrets). Section attorneys are actively working with other
Government agencies, the private sector (including hardware and
software vendors and telecommunications companies), academic
institutions, and foreign officials to develop a global response to
cyber attacks and protect intellectual property. These attorneys
litigate cases, provide litigation support to other prosecutors,
train Federal law enforcement personnel, comment upon and propose
legislation, and coordinate international efforts to combat computer
crime and thefts of intellectual property.
They also provide assistance in resolving the unique issues raised
by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies.
The Internal Security Section supervises the investigation and
prosecution of cases affecting national security, foreign relations,
and the export of military and strategic commodities and technology.
The Section has exclusive responsibility for authorizing the
prosecution of cases under criminal statutes relating to espionage,
sabotage, neutrality, and atomic energy. It provides legal advice to
U.S. attorneys' offices and investigative agencies on all matters
within its area of responsibility, which includes 88 Federal
statutes affecting national security. It also coordinates criminal
cases involving the application of the Classified Information
Procedures Act. The Section also administers and enforces the
Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 and related disclosure
Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) has supervisory
jurisdiction of those statutes pertaining to controlled substances.
Section attorneys participate in the development and implementation
of domestic and international narcotics law enforcement programs and
policies, and provide direct litigation support to the Organized
Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs, to the Southwest Border and other
multi-agency initiatives, and to U.S. attorneys in recusal matters
or in cases where the Section's expertise is requested. NDDS
attorneys represent the Department in developing and administering
other cooperative drug enforcement strategies, initiatives, and
projects conducted by the law enforcement and intelligence
The Section Chief serves as the Department's designated
representative on several senior level committees of the
intelligence and law enforcement communities that plan and
coordinate joint international counternarcotics initiatives.
Additionally, the Chief acts as the designated representative of the
Federal Government in the implementation of the joint U.S.-Colombia
evidence sharing initiative, intended to facilitate the successful
investigation and prosecution of major Colombian narcotics
traffickers in Colombia.
The Section plays a central coordinating role in a number of multi-
district, multi-agency initiatives and prosecutions, including the
Southwest Border Initiative (SWBI), the Department's priority
narcotics enforcement program targeting major Mexican trafficking
organizations. The Litigation Unit provides direct trial and
appellate litigation support to U.S. attorneys nationwide, with
emphasis on prosecutions that support the OCDETF, HIDTA, and SWBI
programs. These attorneys also litigate appeals arising from cases
prosecuted by NDDS attorneys and denials or revocations of
controlled substance registrations by the Drug Enforcement
The Office of Enforcement Operations oversees the use of the most
sophisticated investigative tools at the Department's disposal. It
reviews all Federal electronic surveillance requests and requests to
apply for court orders permitting the use of video surveillance;
provides legal advice to Federal, State, and local law enforcement
agencies on the use of Federal electronic surveillance statutes; and
assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies and
telecommunications issues. It authorizes or denies the entry of all
applicants into the Federal Witness Security Program (WSP),
coordinates and administers matters relating to all aspects of the
WSP among all program components, and approves or denies requests by
Federal agencies to utilize Federal prisoners for investigative
purposes. The Office approves or reviews matters such as witness
immunity requests, transfer of prisoners to and from foreign
countries to serve the remainder of their prison sentences, attorney
and press subpoenas, applications for S-visa status, and disclosure
of grand jury information. It provides legal advice and assistance
in a wide variety of matters, such as crimes affecting government
operations, mental competency and insanity, interstate property
crimes, and crimes in Indian country. The Office processes all
requests for Criminal Division records made pursuant to the Freedom
of Information Act and the Privacy Act, and assists U.S. attorneys'
offices in advocating the Division's position in civil litigation
filed under these statutes.
It registers entities as required by the Gambling Devices Act of
The Office of International Affairs supports the Department's legal
divisions, the U.S. attorneys, and State and local prosecutors
regarding questions of foreign and international law, including
issues related to extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties.
The Office also coordinates all international evidence gathering. In
conjunction with the State Department, the Office engages in the
negotiation of new extradition and mutual legal assistance treaties
and executive agreements throughout the world. Office attorneys also
participate on a number of committees established under the auspices
of the United Nations and other international organizations that are
directed at resolving a variety of international law enforcement
problems, such as narcotics trafficking and money laundering. The
Office maintains a permanent field office in Rome.
Policy and Legislation
The legislative component of the Office of Policy and Legislation
(OPL) develops legislative proposals, legal memoranda, and
congressional testimony. It also prepares comments on pending
legislation affecting the Federal criminal justice system, works
closely with the U.S. Sentencing Commission on a variety of
sentencing-related issues, and provides legal support to the
Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules and Evidence of the Judicial
Conference regarding the Federal rules of criminal procedure and the
Federal rules of evidence.
The policy component of OPL analyzes policy and management issues
related to criminal law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
It identifies problems and emerging trends; develops options and
recommendations; and provides research, technical, and management
support to the Assistant Attorney General and other Division and
Department policy makers. The policy staff also analyzes crime data,
Federal caseload statistics, and other criminal justice system
information for various decisionmakers within the Department.
Professional Development and Training
The Office of Professional Development and Training furthers the
goals of the Criminal Division relating to its initiatives in
international training and criminal justice development. In this
regard, the Office coordinates the training of judges and
prosecutors abroad through various Government agencies and U.S.
embassies in South and Central America, the Caribbean, Russia, other
newly independent states, and Central and Eastern Europe.
The Office also serves as the Department's liaison between various
private and public agencies that sponsor visits to the United States
for foreign officials who are interested in the U.S. legal system.
The Office makes or arranges presentations explaining the U.S.
criminal system process to hundreds of international visitors each
The Office of Special Investigations detects and investigates
individuals who took part in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution
abroad before and during World War II, and who subsequently entered,
or seek to enter, the United States illegally and/or fraudulently.
It then takes appropriate legal action seeking their exclusion,
denaturalization, and/or deportation.
Organized Crime and Racketeering
The Organized Crime and Racketeering Section coordinated the
Department's program to combat organized crime. The principal
enforcement efforts are currently directed against traditional
groups - such as La Cosa Nostra families, and emerging groups from
Asia and Europe - such as Chinese Triads, the Sicilian Mafia, and
Russian organized crime. The Section supervises the investigation
and prosecution of these cases by Strike Force Units within U.S.
attorneys' offices in 21 Federal districts having a significant
organized crime presence. These cases involve a broad spectrum of
criminal statutes, including extortion, murder, bribery, fraud,
narcotics, and labor racketeering.
The Section is involved in setting national priorities for the
organized crime program by coordinating with investigative agencies
such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement
Administration, and others; and by working with the Attorney
General's Organized Crime Council, which is ultimately responsible
for the Federal Government's policy in this area.
In addition to its close supervision of all Federal organized crime
cases, the Section maintains close control over all Government uses
of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)
statute, and provides extensive advice to prosecutors about the use
of this powerful tool for cases involving patterns of serious
In a more specialized context, the Section provides support for
criminal prosecutions involving labor-management disputes, the
internal affairs of labor unions in the private sector, and the
operation of employee pension and welfare benefit plans. The Section
maintains a cadre of experienced prosecutors in its Litigation Unit
who travel as needed to prosecute or assist in the prosecution of
organized crime cases in the various U.S. attorneys' offices,
particularly in multi-defendant RICO cases, especially in the field
of labor racketeering.
The Public Integrity Section oversees the Federal effort to combat
corruption through the prosecution of elected and appointed public
officials at all levels of Government. The Section has exclusive
jurisdiction over allegations of criminal misconduct by Federal
judges, and also monitors the investigation and prosecution of
election and conflict of interest crimes. Section attorneys
prosecute selected cases against Federal, State, and local
officials, and are available as a source of advice and expertise to
other prosecutors and to investigators. Since 1978, the Section has
supervised the administration of the Independent Counsel provisions
of the Ethics in Government Act.
Terrorism and Violent Crime
The Terrorism and Violent Crime Section is responsible for the
design, implementation, and support of law enforcement efforts,
legislative initiatives, policies, and strategies relating to
international and domestic terrorism.
This includes the investigation and prosecution of acts of terrorism
occurring anywhere in the world which impact significant U.S.
interests. The Section coordinates the systematic collection and
analysis of data related to the investigation and prosecution of
domestic terrorism cases, thereby facilitating prevention of
terrorist activity through early detection. The Section coordinates
interagency efforts to designate international terrorist
organizations and their agents and to investigate and prosecute
support of such organizations. The Section also oversees the
prosecution of domestic violent crime offenses for which Federal
jurisdiction exists, as well as the prosecution of firearms and
explosives violations. In appropriate instances, Section attorneys
assume direct responsibility for the prosecution of violent crime
cases. The Section assists in the implementation of an initiative
designed to deter criminals from possessing firearms by using
Federal firearms laws which generally provide longer, and often
mandatory, sentences for gun offenses. Additionally, the Section
administers the national anti-violent-crime strategy, which focuses
particular attention on the investigation and prosecution of gang-
Section attorneys provide legal advice to Federal prosecutors
concerning Federal statutes relating to murder, assault, kidnapping,
threats, robbery, weapons and explosives control, malicious
destruction of property, and aircraft and sea piracy. The Section
also formulates legislative initiatives and Department policies
relating to terrorism and violent crime, and coordinates such
initiatives and strategies with other Government agencies.
Executive Office for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is a
Federal drug enforcement program that focuses attention and
resources on the disruption and dismantling of major drug
trafficking organizations. The Task Force provides a framework for
Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to work together
to target well-established and complex organizations that direct,
finance, or engage in illegal narcotics trafficking and related
crimes, including money laundering and tax violations, public
corruption, illegal immigration, weapons violations, and violent
The program has been in existence since 1982 and operates under the
guidance and oversight of the Attorney General.
Utilizing the resources and expertise of its 11 member Federal
agencies, along with support from its State and local law
enforcement partners, OCDETF has contributed to the successful
prosecution and conviction of more than 44,000 members of criminal
organizations and resulted in the seizure of cash and property
assets totaling more than $3 billion.
The Executive Office for OCDETF supports the work of over 2,500
Federal agents and prosecutors and approximately 6,000 State and
local law enforcement officers who participate in OCDETF cases. The
Executive Office, in conjunction with a council of Washington agency
representatives, provides policy guidance and coordination,
administrative management and support, collection and reporting of
statistical information, and budgetary planning, coordination, and
International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program
The Office works to develop civilian, community oriented law
enforcement institutions in new and emerging democracies. The Office
has broad responsibility for the program, including not only making
all administrative arrangements but also setting program policy in
conformance with U.S. policy as directed by the President and
Congress and maintaining effective liaison with the governments of
the countries involved to ensure continued interest in and support
of the program.
For further information, contact the Office of the Assistant
Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice, Tenth
Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530.
Environment and Natural Resources Division
The Environment and Natural Resources Division, formerly known as
the Land and Natural Resources Division, is the Nation's
environmental lawyer. It is responsible for litigating cases ranging
from protection of endangered species, to global climate change, to
cleaning up the Nation's hazardous waste sites. A key Division
responsibility is enforcing civil and criminal environmental laws in
order to protect its citizens' health and environment. The Division
defends environmental challenges to Government activities and
programs and ensures that environmental laws are implemented in a
fair and consistent manner nationwide.
It also represents the United States in all matters concerning the
protection, use, and development of the Nation's natural resources
and public lands, wildlife protection, Indian rights and claims, and
the acquisition of Federal property. To carry out this broad
mission, the Division is organized into nine sections described
The Environmental Crimes Section prosecutes individuals and
corporate entities which have violated laws designed to protect the
environment. The Section works closely with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and criminal investigators from the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce statutes such as the Clean Air
Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and
Liability Act (Superfund), and the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act, among others.
The Environmental Enforcement Section is responsible for most of the
affirmative civil litigation brought on behalf of EPA; claims for
damages to our natural resources filed on behalf of the Departments
of Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture; claims for contribution
against private parties for contamination of public land; and
recoupment of money spent to clean up certain oil spills on behalf
of the United States Coast Guard. The Section supports the
regulatory programs of its client agencies through litigation to
obtain compliance with environmental statutes, establishes a
credible deterrent against violation of those laws, recoups Federal
funds spent to abate environmental contamination, and obtains funds
to restore or replace natural resources damaged through oil spills
or the release of hazardous substances into the environment. The
primary statutes within the Section's scope of responsibility are:
the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and
Liability Act (Superfund); the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act;
the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Safe Drinking Water
Act; and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
The Environmental Defense Section represents the United States,
principally EPA, in suits challenging the Government's
administration of Federal environmental laws. The lawsuits, which
arise in Federal district and appellate courts, include claims by
industries that regulations are too strict, claims by environmental
groups that Federal standards are too lax, and claims by States and
citizens alleging that Federal agencies are out of compliance with
environmental standards. The Section also handles both defensive and
enforcement litigation involving the wetlands program under section
404 of the Clean Water Act. This requires persons wishing to fill or
discharge waste into wetlands to first obtain a permit from the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers.
If this requirement is not met, the Section files a civil action
seeking civil penalties and injunctive relief against the violator.
Wildlife and Marine Resources
The Wildlife and Marine Resources Section tries both civil and
criminal cases under Federal wildlife laws and other laws protecting
marine fish and mammals.
Prosecutions focus on smugglers and black-market dealers in
protected wildlife. Civil litigation, particularly under the
Endangered Species Act, often sets the needs of protected species
against the economic interests of both the Federal Government and
The General Litigation Section is primarily responsible for
litigation involving the use and protection of federally owned
public lands and natural resources. Its varied docket comprises
cases arising under more than 80 different land management and
natural resource statutes including the National Environmental
Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy Management Act, and the National
Historic Preservation Act. Cases address such issues as water
rights, land use plans, timber and mineral production, landowner
compensation, and trust obligations to Indian tribes.
Indian Resources The Indian Resources Section represents the United
States in its trust capacity for Indian tribes. These suits include
establishing water rights, establishing and protecting hunting and
fishing rights, collecting damages for trespass on Indian lands, and
establishing reservation boundaries and rights to land.
The Land Acquisition Section is responsible for acquiring land,
either by direct purchase or through condemnation proceedings, for
use by the Federal Government for purposes ranging from establishing
public parks to creating missile sites. The Section attorneys seek
to implement the protection of the fifth amendment in a way which is
fair to both property owners and taxpayers. The legal and factual
issues in such cases can include the power of the Federal Government
to condemn property under specific acts of Congress; ascertainment
of the fair market value of property sought by the Federal
Government; applicability of local zoning regulations and problems
related to subdivisions; capitalization of income; and the
admissibility of evidence.
Policy, Legislation, and Special Litigation
The Policy, Legislation, and Special Litigation Section advises and
assists the Assistant Attorney General on policy issues including
coordination of the Division's international and environmental
justice activities. The Section directs the Division's legislative
program, including testimony of Division managers before
congressional committees, and representation of the Department in
meetings with congressional staff and on interagency groups that
develop the administration's position on legislation proposed or
passed by Congress. The Section also litigates amicus cases,
undertakes specially assigned litigation projects at the trial and
appellate levels, serves as the Division's ethics office, and
responds to citizen requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Appellate Section is responsible for handling all appeals in
cases initially tried in lower courts by any of the sections within
In addition, the Section drafts the briefs for all Division cases
which reach the Supreme Court and formulates recommendations to the
Solicitor General that seek authority to appeal unfavorable
The Executive Office serves as administrator to the Division,
providing financial management, personnel, planning, procurement,
office automation, and automated litigation support services.
For further information, contact the Office of the Assistant
Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division,
Department of Justice, Tenth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20530. Phone, 202–514–2701.
The Tax Division represents the United States and its officers in
all civil and criminal litigation arising under the internal revenue
laws, other than proceedings in the United States Tax Court. While
the Division's primary client is the Internal Revenue Service, it
also represents Federal officials and employees in actions arising
out of the performance of their official duties, as well as
representing other Federal departments and agencies in their
dealings with State and local tax authorities. In civil tax
litigation the Division's responsibility involves cases in the
United States District Courts, the United States Court of Federal
Claims, the United States Courts of Appeals, and the U. S. Supreme
Court, as well as cases in the State courts.
The Division represents the United States in many different types of
disputes, both civil and criminal, dealing with the interpretation
of Federal tax laws. For example, when the Internal Revenue Service
challenges a tax return and determines a deficiency, the taxpayer
may pay the full amount of tax assessed and then bring a suit
against the Government for refund. The Division defends the
Government in these refund actions.
Other areas of civil litigation in which the Tax Division is
involved on behalf of the Federal Government include:
- suits brought by individuals to foreclose mortgages or to quiet
title to property in which the United States is named as a party
defendant because of the existence of a Federal tax lien on the
- suits brought by the United States to collect unpaid assessments,
to foreclose Federal tax liens or determine the priority of such
liens, to obtain judgments against delinquent taxpayers, to enforce
summonses, and to establish tax claims in bankruptcy, receivership,
or probate proceedings;
- proceedings involving mandamus, injunctions, and other specific
writs arising in connection with internal revenue matters;
- suits against Internal Revenue Service employees for damages
claimed because of alleged injuries caused in the performance of
their official duties;
- suits against the Secretary of the Treasury, the Commissioner of
Internal Revenue, or similar officials to test the validity of
regulations or rulings not in the context of a specific refund
- suits brought by the United States to enjoin the promotion of
abusive tax shelters and to enjoin activities relating to aiding and
abetting the understatement of tax liabilities of others;
- suits brought by taxpayers for a judicial determination of the
reasonableness of a jeopardy or termination assessment and the
appropriateness of the amount;
- proceedings brought against the Tax Division and the Internal
Revenue Service for disclosure of information under the Freedom of
Information Act; and
- intergovernmental immunity suits in which the United States resists
attempts to apply a State or local tax to some activity or property
of the United States.
The Division also collects judgments in tax cases. To this end, the
Division directs collection efforts and coordinates with, monitors
the efforts of, and provides assistance to the various United States
attorneys' offices in collecting outstanding judgments in tax cases.
With respect to criminal tax litigation, the Division prosecutes or
supervises the prosecution of all criminal offenses committed under
the internal revenue laws, including attempts to evade and defeat
taxes, willful failures to file returns and to pay taxes, filing
false returns and other deceptive documents, making false statements
to revenue officials, and other miscellaneous offenses involving
internal revenue matters. These duties include the institution of
criminal proceedings and collaboration with U.S. attorneys in the
conduct of litigation in the trial and appellate courts. Further,
Tax Division attorneys frequently conduct grand jury investigations
and actual trials of criminal tax cases, often as a result of
requests for assistance by the appropriate U.S. attorney. In its
efforts to deter willful deception through prosecution of criminal
offenders, the Tax Division also plays a significant role in curbing
organized crime, public corruption, narcotics trafficking, and
financial institution fraud.
The primary functions of the Division are to aid the Internal
Revenue Service in collecting the Federal revenue and to establish
principles of law that will serve as guidelines to taxpayers and
their representatives, as well as to the Internal Revenue Service,
in the administration of the Internal Revenue Code. As a result,
coordination with the Internal Revenue Service's administrative
policies and the Treasury Department's legislative tax concerns in
developing litigating postures is essential.
The Division also provides input into the preparation of reports to
the Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of
Legislative Affairs on pending or proposed legislation and monitors
congressional activities with respect to matters of interest to the
In accordance with the Attorney General's program to enhance the
litigating skills of Department attorneys, the Division conducts
training programs for its attorneys, with special emphasis on
matters unique to tax litigation and the development of advocacy
For further information, contact the Office of the Assistant
Attorney General, Tax Division, Department of Justice, Tenth Street
and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530. Phone,
Sources of Information
Controlled Substances Act Registration
Information about registration under the Controlled Substances Act
may be obtained from the Registration Section of the Drug
Enforcement Administration, P.O. Box 28083, Central Station,
Washington, DC 20038. Phone, 202– 307–7255.
Disability-Related Matters Contact the Civil Rights Division's ADA
Hotline. Phone, 800–514–0301. TDD, 800–514– 0383.
Drugs and Crime Clearinghouse Phone, 800–666–3332 (toll-free).
Electronic Access Information concerning Department of Justice
programs and activities is available electronically through the
Internet, at http://www.usdoj.gov/.
Employment The Department maintains an agencywide job line. Phone,
Attorneys' applications: Director, Office of Attorney Personnel
Management, Department of Justice, Room 6150, Tenth Street and
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530. Phone, 202–514–1432.
Assistant U.S. attorney applicants should apply to individual U.S.
United States Marshals Service: Field Staffing Branch, United States
Marshals Service, Department of Justice, 600 Army Navy Drive,
Arlington, VA 22202– 4210.
Federal Bureau of Investigation: Director, Washington, DC 20535, or
any of the field offices or resident agencies whose addresses are
listed in the front of most local telephone directories.
Immigration and Naturalization Service: Central Office, 425 I Street
NW., Washington, DC 20536 (phone, 202–514–2530); or any regional or
Drug Enforcement Administration: regional offices, laboratories, or
Washington Headquarters Office of Personnel.
Bureau of Prisons: Central Office, 320 First Street NW., Washington,
DC 20534 (phone, 202–307–3082); or any regional or field office.
Office of Justice Programs, 633 Indiana Avenue NW., Washington, DC
20531. Phone, 202–307–0730.
United States Trustee Program, Room 770, 901 E Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20530. Phone, 202–616–1000.
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission: Attorneys: Office of the Chief
Counsel, Suite 6002, 600 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20579 (phone,
202–616–6975); Other: Administrative Officer, same address and
Housing Discrimination Matters Contact the Civil Rights Division's
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. Phone, 800–896–7743.
Immigration-Related Employment Matters The Civil Rights Division
maintains a Worker Hotline. Phone, 800–255–7688. TDD, 800–237–2515.
It also offers information for employers. Phone, 800–255–8155. TDD,
Publications and Films The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and Uniform
Crime Reports - Crime in the United States are available from the
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington,
The Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States is
published each year by the Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Approximately nine textbooks on citizenship, consisting of teachers
manuals and student textbooks at various reading levels, are
distributed free to public schools for applicants for citizenship
and are on sale to all others from the Superintendent of Documents,
Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. Public schools or
organizations under the supervision of public schools which are
entitled to free textbooks should make their requests to the
appropriate Immigration and Naturalization Service Regional Office
(See appropriate section of this manual for mailing addresses.). For
general information, call 202–514–3946.
The Freedom of Information Act Guide and Privacy Act Overview and
the Freedom of Information Case List, both published annually, are
available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing
Office, Washington, DC 20530; and in electronic format through
Library of Congress. ISBN 0–16–042921– 8.
FOIA Update (Stock No. 727–002– 00000–6), published quarterly, is
available free of charge to FOIA offices and other interested
offices Governmentwide. This publication is also available from the
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington,
DC 20402; and in electronic format through Library of Congress.
Guidelines for Effective Human Relations Commissions, Annual Report
of the Community Relations Service, Community Relations Service
Brochure, CRS Hotline Brochure, Police Use of Deadly Force: A
Conciliation Handbook for Citizens and Police, Principles of Good
Policing: Avoiding Violence Between Police and Citizens, Resolving
Racial Conflict: A Guide for Municipalities, and Viewpoints and
Guidelines on Court-Appointed Citizens Monitoring Commissions in
School Desegregation are available upon request from the Public
Information Office, Community Relations Service, Department of
Justice, Washington, DC 20530.
A limited number of drug educational films are available, free of
charge, to civic, educational, private, and religious groups.
A limited selection of pamphlets and brochures is available. The
most widely requested publication is Drugs of Abuse, an
identification manual intended for professional use. Single copies
Copies of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission's semiannual
(through December 1966) and annual (from January 1967) reports to
the Congress concerning its activities are available at the
Commission in limited quantities.
Reading Rooms Located in Washington, DC, at: U.S. Department of
Justice, Room 6505, Tenth Street and Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20530 (phone, 202–514–3775).
Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street NW., 20534 (phone,
Immigration and Naturalization Service, 425 I Street NW., 20536
(phone, 202– 514–2837);
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 600 E Street NW., 20579
Also at the U.S. Parole Commission, 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Chevy
Chase, MD 20815 (phone, 301–492–5959);
Board of Immigration Appeals, Suite 2400, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls
Church, VA 22041 (phone, 703–305–0168); some of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service district offices; and the National Institute
of Justice, 9th Floor, 633 Indiana Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20531
Redress for Wartime Relocation/Internment Contact the Civil Rights
Division's Office of Redress Administration. Helpline phone, 202–
219–6900. TDD, 202–219–4710.
In 1972, the National Institute of Justice established the National
Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS). All five OJP bureaus now
support NCJRS, a clearinghouse of information and publications
concerning OJP programs and other information of interest to the
criminal justice community. The Office's National Institute of
Justice, which has supported the clearinghouse for almost 20 years,
provides most of the funding for the National Criminal Justice
Reference Service. Police, corrections agencies, courts, criminal
justice planners, juvenile justice practitioners, community crime
prevention groups, and others needing information for planning and
problem solving in criminal justice can refer to this international
information service specially designed to assist the justice
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service provides information
from its computerized data base system free or at a minimal cost to
users through a variety of products and services including the
bimonthly NIJ Catalog, which contains abstracts of significant
additions to the data base and pertinent information and a Calendar
of Events announcing upcoming training courses and conferences;
selected hardcopy documents upon request; three types of data base
search packages; various microfiche products; and referrals to other
Under contracts with OJP bureaus, the National Criminal Justice
Reference Service also operates the Drugs and Crime Data Center and
Clearinghouse, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse, the
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse, the Juvenile Justice
Clearinghouse, the National Victims Resource Center, and the
Construction Information Exchange. All the Service's clearinghouses
may be contacted on 800–851–3420 (toll-free); or in the Washington,
DC, metropolitan area on 301–251–5500.
The NCJRS Electronic Bulletin Board, with 3,000 registered users,
makes NCJRS' services available online. The Bulletin Board may be
accessed by modem on 301–738–8895.
Organizations and individuals may register to receive information
from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service by writing
NCJRS, Box 6000, 1600 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850.
Small Business Activities Contract information for small businesses
can be obtained from the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business
Utilization, Department of Justice, Tenth Street and Pennsylvania
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530. Phone, 202–616–0521.
For further information concerning the Department of Justice,
contact the Office of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, Tenth
Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530. Phone,
202– 514–2007 (voice); 202–786–5731 (TDD).
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