U. S. Attorneys: More Accountability for Implementing Priority Programs Is Desirable

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DIANE Publishing, 1996 - 73 pages
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The Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, located in the Justice Dept., provides assistance and coordination services for 93 U.S. Attorneys (USAtt). In practice, the USAtt exercise a large degree of independence and discretion in the handling of their cases. This report covers: how the Justice Dept. communicates national priorities to the USAtt; how selected USAtt establish their priorities and coordinate them with law enforcement agencies in their districts; and what, if any, measures the Justice Dept. uses to assess USAtt's effectiveness in meeting national priorities.

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Page 70 - Comments from the Department of Justice Note: GAO comments supplementing those in the report text appear at the end of this appendix. US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of the Assistant Attorney General Washington.
Page 4 - It shall be the duty of every District attorney to prosecute in his district all delinquents for crimes and offences cognizable under the authority of the United States, and all civil actions in which the United States are concerned...
Page 5 - Except as otherwise authorized by law, the Attorney General shall supervise all litigation to which the United States, an agency, or officer thereof is a party, and shall direct all United States attorneys, assistant United States attorneys, and special attorneys appointed under section 543 of this title in the discharge of their respective duties.
Page 5 - General and whose investigative efforts support the prosecutors include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA...
Page 50 - Percentages in this column do not add to 100 percent due to rounding. Source: GAO analysis of the COSS database.
Page 70 - Mr. Norman J. Rabkin Director Administration of Justice Issues General Accounting Office Washington, DC 20548 Dear Mr.
Page 5 - The department relies upon them to implement national legal policy as it is shaped by the political process in Washington, DC Yet, unlike most other field personnel implementing centrally determined policies, they belong to and identify with the community in which they serve. Because their appointment depends upon their political standing in the community, US attorneys frequently feel they owe their position to local political personalities and interests. They perform their legal duties in their...
Page 33 - The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 requires " federal agencies to establish measures to determine the results of their activities.
Page 36 - Firearms (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the...

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