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Statement from U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant, Western District of Tennessee on the Federal Government Shutdown

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee


Memphis, TN –"The Department of Justice is comprised of about 40 components that have a broad array of national security, law enforcement, and criminal justice system responsibilities. Therefore, a significant portion of the Department’s mission relates to the safety of human life and the protection of property, and primarily for this reason, the Department has a high percentage of activities and employees that are excepted from the Anti-deficiency Act restrictions and can continue during a lapse in appropriations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee is implementing the Contingency Plan of the Department of Justice to identify and furlough certain non-excepted employees during the period of the government shutdown. However, citizens can be assured that the essential federal law enforcement, criminal prosecution, and national security functions of this office will continue as usual in order to preserve and protect public safety in West Tennessee."

Updated January 22, 2018