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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PRAO has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission as effectively and efficiently as possible while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your FOIA request or appeal.  We will be able to acknowledge requests made electronically more quickly.  Responses to mailed requests may be significantly delayed due to safety measures at mail drops.  You may reach out to our FOIA Requester Service Center and FOIA Public Liaison if you have any questions about your request.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

FOIA Contact:

Freedom of Information Act Requests for Professional Responsibility Advisory Office records should be sent to the following physical address, or e-mail address:

Marguerite Driessen
Senior Legal Advisor
Professional Responsibility Advisory Office
Department of Justice
441 G Street, NW., 6th Floor,
Washington, D.C. 20530
Phone: (202) 514-0458

FOIA Public Liaison: Quadira Zeleke, (202) 514-0458

Please note: The e-mail address is for FOIA request submissions only. Please state that the request is made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and describe the records sought. E-mail submissions not related to FOIA requests may be disregarded.

Component Description:

In 1994, the Department recognized the need for a program dedicated to resolving professional responsibility issues faced by Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys. As a result, on April 14, 1999, the Department officially established the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO) as an independent component within the Department of Justice.

Please note: Complaints concerning the actions of individual Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys are not processed and/or handled by the PRAO but should be referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

DOJ Reference Guide:

A comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department.

Special information required to make a FOIA request:


Publicly available information for which a FOIA request is not required:


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Updated September 4, 2022