The United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the District of Hawaii and is appointed by the President. United States Attorneys and their Assistant United States Attorneys prosecute violations of federal law and represent federal agencies in federal courts. They also collect debts owed the federal government. United States Attorneys are not permitted to represent private individuals or businesses, nor are they permitted to give legal advice to members of the public. The office has 27 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and approximately 35 support staff members.
The Criminal Division has 20 AUSAs and is divided into three sections:
Drug and Organized Crime Section – This Section handles drug trafficking crimes, including organized crime drug trafficking, and related offenses. AUSAs in this group also work to disable and dismantle criminal organizations by seizing their property.
Fraud and Financial Crimes Section - This Section prosecutes financial crimes, public corruption, identity theft, child pornography, environmental offenses and cybercrime.
Special Crime Section - This Section pursues a variety of offenses including non-drug trafficking organized crime, national security offenses, violent crime, immigration crimes, and criminal civil rights actions.
The Civil Division has five AUSAs who represent the government in civil actions, both as plaintiff and defendant. Defensive cases include representing the United States in Federal Tort Claims Act cases, administrative appeals and employment discrimination. In other cases, AUSAs pursue, on behalf of the United States, civil fraud, False Claims Act cases and health and defense contractor fraud. The Financial Litigation Unit, part of the Civil Division, handles federal liens and collects criminal fines and federal debts.
The Administrative Division works closely with all levels of staff to support the mission of the of the office. This division is responsible for all administrative programs for the office. Departments within the division include human resources, information technology, procurement and support services, and finance and budget analysis.