Office of the Pardon Attorney

Office of the Pardon Attorney

DOJ Main Building

Meet the Director

Meet the Acting Pardon Attorney

Robert A. Zauzmer
Acting Pardon Attorney

Robert A. Zauzmer was named Acting Pardon Attorney on February 1, 2016, having served as an Assistant United States Attorney and the Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as being a key player in the Department’s implementation of both the 2013 Smart on Crime initiative and the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s retroactive sentence reductions.


The Office of the Pardon Attorney assists the President in the exercise of executive clemency. Under the Constitution, the President's clemency power extends only to federal criminal offenses. All requests for executive clemency for federal offenses are directed to the Pardon Attorney for investigation and review. The Pardon Attorney prepares the Department's recommendation to the President for final disposition of each application. Executive clemency may take several forms, including pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, and reprieve.

Presidential Clemency Action During The Obama Administration

January 16, 2016
4 pardons and 3 commutations granted
January 5, 2016
745 commutations denied
December 18, 2015
July 13, 2015
46 commutations granted
March 31, 2015

December 17, 2014

142 pardons and 782 commutations denied
December 15, 2014
3 commutations granted

April 15, 2014
1 commutation granted

December 19, 2013
13 pardons and 8 commutations granted
154 pardons and 1226 commutations denied

March 1, 2013
17 pardons granted
February 28, 2013
314 pardons and 1577 commutations denied
November 21, 2011

November 19, 2011

147 pardons and 689 commutations denied
May 20, 2011
8 pardons granted
May 14, 2011
741 pardons and 1947 commutations denied
December 3, 2010
November 23, 2010
60 pardons and 552 commutations denied
October 11, 2010
71 pardons and 605 commutations denied
General Information

Robert A. Zauzmer
Acting Pardon Attorney


Office of the Pardon Attorney
Attorney 202-616-6070