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105.

Outreach and Training

All Financial Litigation Unit personnel should maintain close working relationships with representatives of their client agencies. It is the responsibility of the United States Attorney's office to ensure that client agencies are kept apprised of case progress, developments and decisions. The policy set forth in this chapter will serve to ensure that client agencies are kept fully informed of efforts undertaken by United States Attorney personnel on referred debt claims.

Financial Litigation Unit personnel should also maintain close working relationships with representatives of the clerk of the court, United States Probation office, United States Marshals Service and any state agency which may provide assistance in the handling of financial litigation matters.

Assistant United States Attorneys and Financial Litigation Unit personnel should meet with their civil client agencies at least once a year to discuss financial litigation matters in which they share a common interest. Representatives of the client agencies should be invited to discuss at these meetings their financial litigation programs and areas of concern. Regional or state-wide conferences should be considered to facilitate the sharing of information and to generate enthusiasm for financial litigation.

The United States Attorneys' offices should also conduct an annual training session on criminal debt collection issues for prosecutors, probation officers, and other court personnel. This training session presents a valuable opportunity to encourage support of criminal debt collection throughout the criminal justice community.

[cited in USAM 3-9.150]