United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
U.S. Attorney Concludes Three-Year Term on U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, May 6, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Benjamin B. Wagner, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, has completed a three-year term on the United States Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). Created in 1973, the AGAC represents the voice of the 93 U.S. Attorneys across the nation and reports to the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. It provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General and other senior leaders in the U.S. Department of Justice on policy, management and operational issues, helping to shape policies to accomplish the Department’s core mission of serving justice. Wagner was appointed to the AGAC by Attorney General Eric Holder in May 2010, and last week he attended his final AGAC meeting in Washington, D.C.
As part of his duties on the AGAC, Wagner regularly traveled to Washington to meet with the Attorney General and other high-ranking Department officials to discuss and resolve issues of importance to U.S. Attorneys. Over the last three years, the AGAC developed new initiatives to address the Department’s highest priorities in combating terrorism, violent crime, financial fraud, cybercrime, and civil rights violations. Other issues addressed were budgeting and fiscal matters for U.S. Attorneys nationwide; using technologies to improve office efficiency; revising national standards for appellate practice, discovery, and other aspects of criminal practice; developing national policies such as fast track prosecution authority for criminal immigration prosecutions; and coordinating national enforcement initiatives. The AGAC also provided input on Department legislative proposals and revisions of Department policies and procedures in a wide variety of areas.
“Serving the Department of Justice and my fellow U.S. Attorneys on the AGAC was an honor,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “The U.S. Department of Justice is the world’s largest law firm, and it requires a sustained and collaborative effort to keep the Department focused, efficient and effective in a period of fiscal challenges, technological changes, and emerging national security and criminal threats. Working with my fellow U.S. Attorneys and other Department leaders to address these complex issues was both professionally and personally satisfying. I am grateful to Attorney General Holder for the opportunity to serve.”
Wagner will continue to serve as a national co-chair of the Mortgage Fraud Working Group of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and will continue to serve on several AGAC subcommittees, including Civil Rights, Immigration and Border Issues, and Office Management and Budget. California will continue to be represented on the AGAC by Laura Duffy, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, who was appointed in December 2012.
The Eastern District of California is the eighth most populous of the nation’s 94* judicial districts with nearly seven million residents. The District encompasses six large urban areas: Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton, Vallejo, and Fairfield, and extends over 87,000 square miles and includes 34 counties, reaching from the Oregon border in the north down to Bakersfield in the south, and from the coastal mountains in the west to the Nevada border in the east. With this vast area, the Eastern District is the tenth largest district in land size, with 45 percent of the land in the district designated as federal land. The United States Attorney’s Office is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.