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FEDERAL STRIKE FORCES

Governments: Federal Government: Employees & Officials

United States Attorneys’ offices have federal strike forces. Such strike forces are called Organized Crime Strike Force Units (OCSFUS). The OCSFUS are responsible for supervising and prosecuting cases against criminal enterprises that operate in or that affect the United States. The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Council identifies those criminal enterprises. The terms “organized crime” refer to criminal groups that engage in repeated illegal activities over an extended period of time within the United States.

The Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice ensures that OCSFU cases are properly prosecuted. An OCFSU submits case initiation reports, prosecution memoranda, and proposed indictments to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. The Organized Crime and Racketeering Section reviews all matters in organized crime cases that require the approval of the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. Such matters include immunities, electronic surveillance authorizations, witness protection requests, plea dispositions, and appeals. An OCFSU must advise the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of all indictments, important pleadings, convictions, dismissals, acquittals, and sentencing in organized crime cases.

Each OCFSU must submit a strategic plan every two years to the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Council, which strategic plan identifies and assesses organized crime within the OCFSU’s district. The OCFSUS usually consult with federal and local law enforcement agencies in preparing the strategic plan.

Personnel in each OCFSU are required to work exclusively on organized crime matters. They cannot work on any other matters without the permission of the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. The Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division must also approve the selection of the chiefs of the OCFSUS and any other attorney positions.

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