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Use of Media

In appropriate instances, the United States Attorney should give consideration to the discreet use of the media to publicize efforts to collect debts due the United States. The Assistant United States Attorney responsible for financial litigation should prepare an annual press release summarizing financial litigation activity for the year. The press release may also include a favorable comparison of the collections for the year with the office's operating budget. Additional use of the media as a collection technique should be considered in those cases in which the amounts owed are very large, where a particular type of case exists in sufficient numbers to create a newsworthy event (i.e., Public Health Service Health Education Assistance Loan debts), or where unusual action has been taken which would dramatize the office's collection efforts.

[cited in USAM 3-9.250]