Civil Chief Gregory B. David leads the Civil Division of 25 attorneys. Civil AUSAs are generalist litigators who represent the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District.
The district is known as a major originator of affirmative civil enforcement ("ACE") actions to address fraud on the United States, and for its efforts to enforcing a wide variety of federal statutes and agency regulations such as the Controlled Substances Act, civil rights laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and environmental laws, and for its efforts to prosecute predatory lending and drug diversion. Civil AUSAs work with Inspectors General of many agencies to investigate and litigate under the False claims Act and its whistleblower provisions. The Division's ACE work pursues nationwide fraud schemes in the pharmaceutical industry, quality of care concerns in nursing homes, residential facilities, and personal care homes. In August of 2018, the United States Attorney announced the creation of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Strike Force within the Civil Division to focus on investigating ACE cases.
The Civil Division also defends the United States and its federal agencies when they are sued. Primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and Constitutional tort cases, and discrimination cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by federal agencies. Other areas of practice include judicial review of administrative findings, immigration, bankruptcy, and debts owed the United States or its agencies.