The Civil Division prosecutes violations of civil statutes, and defends the United States, its
agencies, and employees from suit in both federal and state court. The Civil Division’s
affirmative litigation includes enforcing environmental, civil rights, and other safety and
regulatory statutes, as well as prosecuting corporations and individuals for civil fraud involving
health care, procurement, mortgage, and government program fraud.
The Civil Division also defends the federal government and its officials from constitutional and
procedural challenges of agency actions, and from civil actions alleging claims for employment
discrimination, torts (including personal injuries and medical malpractice), immigration, federal
programs, and federal benefits.
The Civil Division also represents the interests of the United States in bankruptcy proceedings,
mortgage foreclosures, and land condemnations. The Financial Litigation Unit, a part of the Civil
Division, seeks collection of criminal fines and restitution on behalf of crime victims, and files suit to
recover civil penalties and defaulted government loans, including agricultural and federally insured
The Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office has primary responsibility for the enforcement and prosecution of more than 900 federal criminal statutes. Suspected violations of federal law are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and by state and local agencies working with federal agencies.
If you would like to report information concerning a federal crime or if you believe you have been a victim of a federal crime, please contact the federal agency that has jurisdiction over that particular crime.
For a listing of federal crimes and the agencies that investigate them, see the Department of Justice Action Center.
The Administrative Division is responsible for the general support of the office. It is headed by the Administrative Officer. The members of this division provide a wide variety of support services to office personnel, including overseeing the information systems; budget and finance; personnel; space management; purchasing; property, supply and records management; and litigation support.
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