The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) at present consists of eighty attorneys, including the United States Attorney, First Assistant United States Attorney, and the Deputy United States Attorney. The office also accommodates thirty Special Assistant United States Attorneys who represent the government in cases brought by the office. The office's Criminal Division includes the following sections: Terrorism, Violent Crime and Organized Crime, Public Corruption and Government Fraud, Narcotics and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), Economic Crime and Cybercrime, Firearms and Local Impact Offenses, Criminal Appeals, Litigation Advising and Training, and Victim-Witness. The Civil Division represents the United States on matters and cases involving civil defensive litigation, affirmative civil enforcement, asset forfeiture, and financial litigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys work regularly with the following federal investigative agencies: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Marshals Service, Postal Inspection Service, Secret Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Inspectors General from other federal agencies also work with the Assistants United States Attorneys to investigate and prosecute cases. They also work frequently with state and local law enforcement officers and agents. Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division evaluate potential criminal cases presented to them by federal, state, and local law enforcement agents, investigate cases and present cases to the grand jury, ensure that the United States has competent and admissible exhibits and testimony, conduct hearings and pretrial discovery, represent the United States before trial juries and defend convictions on appeal. The Criminal Appeals, Litigation Advising and Training Sections provide appeal writers, editors, legal advisors and trainers to the office. The Assistant United States Attorneys in this division are available to assist at any stage of litigation, including advising on new or evolving law. Assistant United States Attorneys in several sections of the office also provide advice to the United States Attorney and to other Assistants on ethics and policy issues.
The Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Civil Division handle civil cases and matters dealing with a wide variety of subjects and issues. Examples of affirmative litigation cases would be asset forfeiture, health care fraud, other government fraud, collections and bankruptcy litigation. The Civil Division attorneys also defend civil cases affecting the interests of the United States and its agencies, including cases brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act and defense of agency actions (Social Security Administration, Department of Labor and other federal agencies).