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The United States Attorneys and their Assistant United States Attorneys serve in small towns and big cities, representing the interests of the United States. Through their hard work and dedication, justice is served throughout the nation. Many United States Attorneys and Assistants have had illustrious careers in and outside the government, but they profess their greatest fulfillment came during their service in the Offices of the United States Attorneys. That is the reward of all who represent the people of the United States on the front lines of justice.

   The United States Attorneys serve as the nation's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. There are 93 United States Attorneys stationed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate. One United States Attorney is assigned to each of the judicial districts, with the exception of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, where a single United States Attorney serves in both districts. Each United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officers of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.

   United States Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States Attorney is a party. The United States Attorneys have three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 507 of the United States Code:

  • the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal government;
  • the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and
  • the collection of debts owed the Federal government which are administratively uncollectible.
  •    Although the distribution of caseload varies between districts, each has every category of cases and handles a mixture of simple and complex litigation. Each United States Attorney exercises wide discretion in the use of his/her resources to further the priorities of the local jurisdictions and needs of their communities. United States Attorneys have been delegated, and will continue to be delegated, full authority and control in the areas of personnel management, financial management, and procurement.

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