How to File a Complaint

How to File an Attorney Misconduct Complaint

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct against DOJ attorneys that relate to the exercise of their authority to investigate, litigate or provide legal advice, as well as allegations of misconduct against DOJ law enforcement personnel that relate to allegations of attorney misconduct within the jurisdiction of OPR.  Generally, OPR does not investigate allegations that have been presented in litigation and for which a court has not made a finding of misconduct.

Complaints against DOJ law enforcement agents (such as agents in the FBI or DEA) that do not relate to allegations of DOJ attorney misconduct may be submitted to the OIG or the law enforcement component’s internal affairs unit. 

OPR also does not have the authority to investigate allegations against state and local law enforcement officers and officials.  OPR also does not have the authority to investigate allegations of misconduct against employees of non-DOJ federal agencies or departments, such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Internal Revenue Service. 

Complaints against DOJ attorneys for professional misconduct should be submitted to OPR in writing by mail or e‑mail to the addresses below.  No form is required, but please include in your letter or e-mail the following information: 

  • Your full name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  • The name and title of the individual you believe engaged in misconduct.
  • The details of the allegation including court case name and jurisdiction, if available.
  • Copies of any documents that support your allegation.
  • Any other information relevant to your complaint.

Submit this information to OPR by mail:

            Counsel
            Office of Professional Responsibility
            U.S. Department of Justice
            950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 3266
            Washington, DC  20530-0001

Or e-mail:  opr.complaints@usdoj.gov

How to File an FBI Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint

If you are a current or former employee of the FBI, or an applicant for employment with the FBI, who believes that an employee of the FBI or other Department component has taken or threatened to take an adverse personnel action against you in retaliation for making a disclosure of wrongdoing, you may submit a complaint to OPR in writing by mail or e-mail to the addresses below.  No form is required, but please include in your letter or e-mail the following information: 

  • Your full name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as that of your attorney (if any).
  • The title and location of your position at the FBI at the time you made your disclosure or, if you are an applicant for employment with the FBI, the title of the position(s) for which you applied.
  • A detailed description of each alleged disclosure(s) you made evidencing any violation of any law, rule, or regulation; gross mismanagement; a gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; and/or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; the date of each disclosure; and name and title of each individual or office to whom each disclosure was made.
  • Each alleged personnel action taken against you, including the date of each action and the name and title of the person(s) responsible for each action.
  • Why you believe the personnel action(s) were taken or threatened in retaliation for your disclosure(s).
  • The specific remedy or relief sought.
  • Copies of any documents that support your allegations.
  • Any other information relevant to your complaint.

Submit this information to OPR by mail:

            Counsel
            Office of Professional Responsibility
            U.S. Department of Justice
            950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 3266
            Washington, DC  20530-0001

Or e-mail:  opr.complaints@usdoj.gov

Updated September 6, 2018

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