Office of Professional Responsibility

Office of Professional Responsibility

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Meet the Director

Meet the Counsel

Corey Amundson Picture
Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Professional Responsibility

Corey Amundson became the head of the Office of Professional Responsibility in September, 2018.

About OPR

The Office of Professional Responsibility, reporting directly to the Attorney General, is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys that relate to the exercise of their authority to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice, as well as allegations of misconduct by DOJ law enforcement personnel when related to allegations of attorney misconduct within the jurisdiction of OPR.  Additionally, OPR and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) share jurisdiction to investigate whistleblower retaliation allegations made by current and former employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and applicants for employment with the FBI.  Learn more.

OPR Mission

OPR’s primary mission is to ensure that DOJ attorneys perform their duties in accordance with the high professional standards expected of the nation's principal law enforcement agency.  In addition, through investigations of whistleblower retaliation complaints, OPR seeks to ensure that current, former, and prospective FBI employees who report what they reasonably believe to be misconduct are protected from retaliation.

Relationship with the Inspector General

Some allegations of misconduct by DOJ attorneys do not fall within the jurisdiction of OPR and are investigated by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  OPR's jurisdiction is limited to reviewing allegations of misconduct made against DOJ attorneys and law enforcement personnel that relate to the attorneys' exercise of their authority to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice.  The OIG notifies OPR of the existence and results of any OIG investigation that reflects upon the professional ethics of a DOJ attorney and may warrant referral to a state attorney disciplinary authority.  In such cases, OPR will take appropriate action.

OPR and the OIG share jurisdiction to investigate allegations of whistleblower retaliation made by current and former employees of the FBI and applicants for employment with the FBI.  If an adverse personnel action has been taken or threatened against a current, former, or prospective FBI employee in retaliation for alleging wrongdoing, the individual may file a complaint of whistleblower retaliation with either OPR or the OIG.

Leadership 

Corey R. Amundson
Director and Chief Counsel

Contact 

Office of Professional Responsibility
202-514-3365