The Civil Division consists of the General Civil Litigation Unit and the Affirmative Civil Unit.
General Civil Litigation Unit
The General Civil Litigation Unit represents the United States and its agencies, officers, and employees involved in civil litigation as either plaintiffs or defendants in many types of civil cases, including the following:
- defense of suits against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act
- defense of federal agencies in employment discrimination cases
- defense of federal medical facilities in medical malpractice actions
- defense of suits against health care facilities deemed federal
- defense of federal officers in Bivens-type civil rights actions
- civil prosecution to protect the private sector employment and re-employment rights of those who serve or have served in military service
- civil prosecution and defense of federal environmental cases
- judicial appeals of administrative decisions involving federal agencies
- habeas corpus petitions
- prisoner litigation
- bankruptcy court representation of federal creditors (primarily the IRS, SBA, HUD and the Rural Housing Service)
- defense of Social Security Administration in disability benefits appeals.
The Civil Division represents the agencies of the United States located in the District such as: the United States Postal Service, the Veteran's Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Department of the Defense, etc.