Department of Justice Seal

Statement by U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales on Storm Damage to
the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building

June 26, 2006

Like several other buildings along Constitution Avenue, the Department of Justice Robert F. Kennedy (Main Justice) Building experienced basement flooding during last night's storm. The building has also experienced storm-related electrical outages. The Department is in the process of implementing our well established continuity of operations plan to ensure that all essential Justice Department functions continue to operate efficiently in the designated alternate locations. Only a tiny fraction - less than 2 percent - of the Department's 120,000 person work force operates out of the affected building and all impacted and essential personnel are now working out of designated alternate locations. We are working around the clock to restore operational capacity to the building although it is unclear at this time when the building will be functional. In the meantime, I am confident that the Department will continue to execute all of our important responsibilities on behalf of the American people.