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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hogsett Announces The Third Straight Year Of Spending Cuts In The U.s. Attorney’s Office

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that for the third straight year, total office spending has fallen in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, reversing what had been a multi-year trend of rising expenditures. In fiscal year 2013, which ended on September 30, office spending was down 1.6% compared to the prior year, and is now down 5% over the last three years.
 

“Over the last three years, the employees of this office have embraced a desire to do more with less,” Hogsett said. “In challenging economic times, I am proud that we have dramatically increased our prosecutions and convictions, all while turning back the clock on a trend of increased spending. We are now operating our office at levels not seen since 2008.”

Hogsett noted that a number of milestones have been achieved during the three year period of reduced spending. In 2011, 442 defendants were federally charged by the Office, an all-time record that represented a 204% increase over 2009 figures. In 2012, 421 defendants were convicted and sentenced, another all-time record for the Office.

Under the U.S. Attorney’s Violent Crime Initiative, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of gun-related prosecutions filed by the Office. In the year preceding the initiative, there were just 14 defendants charged with federal gun crimes by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In the nearly two years since, more than 200 defendants have been charged. There have also been a number of successful public corruption and white collar prosecutions over the same period of time, as dozens of elected and appointed public officials have faced federal charges.

The chart below indicates the actual costs and the percentage changes that the Office of the United States Attorney has incurred from FY 2006 through FY 2013. Figures are in thousands.

Annual Spending and Corresponding Percentages from FY 2007 through FY 2013

Year

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

Annual Spending Costs

$6,581.5 - $6,859.0

$6,859.0 - $7,235.0

$7,235.0 - $7,746.1

$7,746.1 - $7,928.1

$7,928.1 - $7,850.1

$7,850.1 - $7,648.2

$7,648.2 - $7,527.8

+4.2%

+5.5%

+7.1%

+2.3%

-1.0%

-2.6%

-1.6%

 

Updated May 2, 2016