Citizen Complaint Files

Department of Justice/Executive Office for United States Attorneys

TITLE: Citizen Complaint Files

ACRONYM: none

ORIGINATOR:

Department/Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice
Major Organization Subdivision: United States Attorneys Offices
Minor Organization Subdivision: Executive Office for United
States Attorneys
Name of Unit: Office of Legal Counsel
Street Address: 600 E Street, NW, Room 2200
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip Code: 20530-0001
Country: United States
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Telephone: (202) 514-4024
FAX: (202) 514-1104
E-mail Address:

ABSTRACT: The Citizen Complaint Files are comprised of four broad categories: (1) Individuals who have been charged Federal and/or D.C. Code violations; (2) Individuals who are currently under investigation for such violations; (3) individuals about whom a complaint has been made, an investigation conducted, but no prosecution initiated; and (4) complainants.

PURPOSE: The Citizen Complaint File system was established and is maintained pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 301, 28 U.S.C. 547, and 23 D.C. Code 101(c). This system permits authorized personnel to compile information pertaining to complaints made and to pursue meaningful complaints.

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: The information is maintained in files in specified offices which are occupied by office staff during working hours and locked after hours. Information retrievable in electronic format is protected through the use of identification numbers issued only to authorized employees.

AGENCY PROGRAM: The USAOs are charged with the enforcement of United States law both civil and criminal in conjunction with the Department of Justice. EOUSA serves as a liaison between the 93 USAOs and the Department of Justice. Compilation and tracking of complaints filed provides a tool in the investigation, prosecution or declination of prosecution, of violations of Federal and D.C. law. Case information pertaining to complaints made by individual citizens provides the basis for criminal and civil case matters pursued by the USAOs.

SOURCES OF DATA: The majority of the information found in this system of records is obtained from individual citizen statements. However, information in the Citizen Complaint Files system also includes investigative reports of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, witness and interested part statements, attorney work product, transcripts of grand jury proceedings and memoranda and reports from the courts.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICE FOR DISTRIBUTING INFORMATION (if different from originator):

Department/Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice
Major Organization Subdivision: United States Attorneys Offices
Minor Organization Subdivision: Executive Office for United
States Attorneys
Name of Unit: Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Staff
Street Address: 600 E Street, NW, Room 7100
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip Code: 20530-0001
Country: United States
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Telephone: (202) 616-6757
FAX: (202) 616-6478
E-mail Address: none

ORDER PROCESS: To the extent that this system is not subject to exemption, access is made possible by a request which must be in writing, with the envelope and letter clearly marked "Privacy Access Request" and a current return address included. The requester must include the general subject matter of the document requested or its file number. The request should be directed to the FOIA/PA Staff, EOUSA, 600 E Street, NW, Room 7100, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001.

OFFICE TO CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION (if different from originator):

Department/Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice
Major Organization Subdivision: United States Attorneys Offices
Minor Organization Subdivision: Executive Office for United
States Attorneys
Name of Unit: Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Staff
Street Address: 600 E Street, NW, Room 7100
City: Washington
State: DC
Zip Code: 20530-0001
Country: United States
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Telephone: (202) 616-6757
FAX: (202) 616-6478
E-mail Address: none