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Mission and Functions

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) was created on April 6, 1953, by AG Order No. 8-53 to provide for close liaison between the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., and the 93 United States Attorneys located throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys shall be under the direction of a Director who shall:

  • Provide general executive assistance and supervision to the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys, including:
  • Evaluating the performance of the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys, making appropriate reports and inspections and taking corrective action where indicated.
  • Coordinating and directing the relationship of the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys with other organizational units of the Department of Justice.
  • Publish and maintain a U.S. Attorneys' Manual and a United States Attorneys' Bulletin for the internal guidance of the U.S. Attorneys' offices and those other organizational units of the Department concerned with litigation.
  • Supervise the operation of the Office of Legal Education, the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute and the Legal Education Institute, which shall develop, conduct, and authorize the training of all federal legal personnel.
  • Provide the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys with such staff assistance and funds as are reasonably necessary to carry out the Committee's responsibilities (28 CFR 0.10(d) ).
  • Establish policy and procedures for the satisfaction, collection, or recovery of criminal fines, special assessments, penalties, interest, bail bond forfeitures, restitution, and court costs in criminal cases consistent with § 0.171 of this chapter.

The major functions of EOUSA are to:

  • Facilitate coordination between the Offices of the United States Attorneys and other organizational units of the Department of Justice.
  • Evaluate the performance of the Offices of the United States Attorneys, making appropriate reports and taking corrective action where necessary.
  • Publish and maintain a United States Attorneys' Manual and a United States Attorneys' Bulletin for the internal guidance of the United States Attorneys' offices and other organizational units of the Department concerned with litigation.
  • Supervise the operation of the Office of Legal Education, which develops, conducts, and assists in the training of all Department of Justice legal personnel and other federal legal personnel.
  • Provide the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys, and its subcommittees, with such staff assistance and funds as are reasonably necessary to carry out the Committee's responsibilities.
  • Provide support to the Deputy Attorney General regarding United States Attorney appointments.
  • Plan and execute United States Attorneys' conferences and other conferences in the direct support of the United States Attorneys' management of their offices.
  • Provide general direction and supervision of the management and policy activities of the United States Attorneys' financial litigation programs, including the establishment of policy and procedures for debt collection activities, affirmative civil enforcement and bankruptcy litigation, litigative and technical support, training, publication of newsletters, coordination and implementation of legislative initiatives and the establishment of guidelines, advice, and other guidance.
  • Establish, coordinate, and interpret policy, guidelines, and procedures on criminal fine collection issues.
  • Provide general legal interpretations, opinions, and advice to United States Attorneys in areas of recusals, cross-designations, outside activities, representation, allegations of misconduct, adverse actions, grievances, labor relations, and ethical and conflict of interest questions.
  • Provide general support to the United States Attorneys in matters involving Assistant United States Attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney appointments.
  • Promote, facilitate, and monitor programs within the Offices of the United States Attorneys designated by the Attorney General as priorities of the Department.
  • Provide overall administrative management oversight, technical and direct support to the United States Attorneys in the program areas of facilities management (to include acquisition of real property/space, construction, renovation, repair, and relocation); and support service programs (to include personal property management, small purchases procurement, motor vehicle support, telephone systems, printing, and records disposition).
  • Provide overall management oversight, technical, and direct support to the United States Attorneys in the area of security programs (to include physical security, information security, communications, security, security awareness and safety).
  • Analyze, design, and provide automated services and systems in support of the litigation mission and of selected administrative functions of the United States Attorneys' offices including development, implementation, and monitoring of policies and programs for office automation, systems development activities, and data base maintenance.
  • Arrange for the acquisition and installation of integrated office automation systems in the Offices of the United States Attorneys.
  • Develop case management systems and provide user assistance for the case management systems and litigation support for the United States Attorneys' offices.
  • Provide technical support to users of automated systems in the Offices of the United States Attorneys to manage and support the acquisition and maintenance of office automation equipment.
  • Design, program, and support the operations and software for caseload and collections systems and administrative/litigative applications in the districts and the central systems, provide technical assistance, produce the Annual Statistical Report, and monitor the quality of the data of the Offices of the United States Attorneys.
  • Provide operating personnel and security administrative services, as well as federal personnel policy and procedural guidance to the 94 United States Attorneys' offices located nationwide, including the development and administration of an Administratively Determined (AD) pay system for attorneys.
  • Support the Offices of the United States Attorneys in the conduct of their Law Enforcement Coordination Programs as directed by the Attorney General: publication of a newsletter; assistance in providing speakers, materials, and any other technical assistance for LECC-related functions; liaison with the LECC/VW Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee; and the promotion of the LECC Program throughout the federal and local government.
  • Serve as the liaison on Victim-Witness assistance activities within the Offices of the United States Attorneys, supporting the United States Attorneys in their work relating to these matters.
  • Provide budget and fiscal assistance and guidance to the 94 Offices of United States Attorneys.
  • Track, provide, and analyze data related to the work of the United States Attorneys' offices in the development of budget and litigative priorities.
  • Respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act on behalf of the Offices of the United States Attorneys, coordinate and respond to litigation arising from these matters, and provide advice and training to the United States Attorneys' staffs relating to FOIA/PA.
  • Provide centralized leadership, coordination, and evaluation of all equal employment efforts throughout the Offices of the United States Attorneys-administering both the Affirmative Action and Complaints Processing Programs.
  • Respond to inquiries from members of Congress and private citizens and review and comment on legislative and regulatory proposals relating to the activities of the Offices of United States Attorneys.
  • Provide technical, administrative, design, and maintenance support in the area of video telecommunications to enhance cooperative efforts among the Offices of the United States Attorneys and the Department's Litigating Divisions.
  • Provide information and guidance to United States Attorneys' offices on pending legislation pertinent to the work of the United States Attorneys' offices, and prepare testimony and background for Congressional oversight and appropriations hearings.