Good morning, everyone, and thank you, Jim. I appreciate your kind words, and your leadership of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). Our Department is fortunate to have you at the helm of EOUSA.
It is a great privilege for me to join all of you, as we recognize the most outstanding accomplishments of employees in the U.S. Attorney community during the past year. I want to welcome all the family, friends, and colleagues who have joined us — both here at Main Justice, and those watching this ceremony from offices across the country. I would also like to thank the members of the EOUSA team who have worked so hard to bring us together today.
I’d like to start by letting you know how much both Attorney General Barr and I greatly value the work done by the men and women in this room, and by your colleagues in all 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices. We know that the dedicated employees of our U.S. Attorney offices nationwide do most of the litigation that is the lifeblood of the Department’s work. Every day, you are on the frontlines of America’s justice system, making our country safer and better by protecting our fellow citizens, promoting equal justice, and upholding the constitution and the rule of law. Your U.S. Attorneys and I also recognize that it is you – the Assistant U.S. Attorneys, agents, officers, and administrators on the frontline – that do the heaviest lifting. And we are grateful for all that you do.
Today, we pause to honor and recognize just a small portion of your work — truly outstanding examples of the contributions of our U.S. Attorney community.
These 172 award recipients embody the best of the Department of Justice. Our honorees include career executives and supervisors; Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys; appellate attorneys and law enforcement officials; administrators, paralegals, and public affairs officers.
Their accomplishments span the full range of our Department’s activities. During the past year, these dedicated public servants have: dealt crippling blows to transnational drug cartels and violent gangs; uncovered elaborate investment fraud schemes and widespread healthcare fraud; and prosecuted terrorists who sought to hard innocent civilians.
They have brought to justice corrupt public officials, hackers who broke into American defense and aviation companies, and human traffickers who exploited vulnerable women and children.
They have protected valuable taxpayer dollars, and ably represented our government in complex civil and appellate cases. And they have provided superior management and administration, and essential litigation support.
In these ways and many others, today’s honorees have earned the esteem of their colleagues. But most importantly, you have earned the gratitude of your fellow citizens — whose communities you have made safer, whose lives you have improved, and whose trust you have rewarded.
Today, we also recognize that your achievements are the result of tremendous sacrifices. The pursuit of justice is never a 9-to-5 endeavor, and all of you have put in long hours and poured your hearts into this work. But the sacrifices don’t end there; your families and loved ones have made numerous sacrifices as well. Their understanding, their patience, and their support have made possible your successes — and today we recognize and thank them as well.
I am proud to help honor each of today’s award recipients. As Deputy Attorney General, I will continue to work alongside all of you to make this Department and our country stronger and better. Thank you once again for your outstanding achievements, for your dedication to this work, and for your commitment to our nation’s highest principles.
Congratulations again on a job well done. Keep up the great work, and thanks for having me here today.