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Agency overview

Mission

To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law, ensure public safety against foreign and domestic threats, provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior and ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Current priorities

  • Using the criminal justice system to gather intelligence and serve as a counterterrorism tool
  • Increasing transparency of the federal government through the Open Government Directive
  • Keeping the country safe by bringing justice to those found guilty of illegal gun possession

Organization

DOJ includes 53 bureaus, divisions, and offices. The Attorney General, chief law enforcement officer for the entire country, is presidentially appointed to lead the department. Learn more about the organizational structure.

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