Executive Office for United States Attorneys

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About the agency

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) provides support for the 93 United States Attorneys located throughout the United States, Guam, the Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. This support includes legal education, administrative oversight, policy creation, and other responsibilities. They evaluate the performance of the various Offices of the United States Attorneys, provide support to the Deputy Attorney General regarding U.S. Attorney appointments, and perhaps most relevant for our purposes here, they respond to FOIA requests on behalf of the individual Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.

Records available

If you are seeking information about any of the dozens of U.S. Attorneys and their offices, this is the DOJ component to submit your request to. However, if your FOIA request asks about an individual who was party to a case under EOUSA's jurisdiction, your request may be met with a denial on the grounds that disclosure would result in an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy under FOIA exemptions b(6) and b(7)(C).

These exemptions are not an absolute bar to acquiring case records involving an individual, though. In Antonelli v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, 555 F. Support. 2d 16 (D.D.C. 2008) the court held that a memo from an Assistant U.S. Attorney to the U.S. Probation Office and several records housed by EOUSA from the U.S. Parole Commission could not enjoy 7(C) exemption status because EOUSA did not sufficiently show that these records were compiled for law enforcement purposes.

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