AUSA Security

Improve AUSA security

Threats and assaults against AUSAs are on the rise. That's why NAAUSA continues to work diligently to help keep AUSAs and their families safe. NAAUSA is lobbying Congress and DOJ for protective measures similar to those already enjoyed by federal law enforcement officers, including secure parking and the authority to carry firearms, if desired and trained, for self-defense.

NAAUSA Sends Letter to AG Lynch: Gang Leaders Death Threat to AUSA and Failed Response

NAAUSA expressed concerns to U.S. Attorney General Lynch over the manner in which a recent death threat against then AUSA Denise Walker was handled by U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker and First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bruce in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Click here (106 KB) to read letter.


EOUSA Rresponse to NAAUSA Request for Threats and Assaults Data

On September 8, 2011 EOUSA provided statistics (1.51 MB) on the number of threats, assaults and inappropriate communications to AUSAs.


March 15, 2011 Letter to EOUSA on AUSA Security Data

On March 15, NAAUSA wrote to EOUSA requesting information on current trends on threats and assaults against AUSAs and also on firearm deputations.


February 13, 2009 AUSA Personal Data on the Internet

AUSAs have voiced concerns about the availability of personal information for your employees being available through Internet websites. EOUSA has been working with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on this issue and effective January 15, 2009, OPM has agreed to protect such information for all employees of United States Attorneys’ Offices (USAO) under Exemption 6 in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In this way, OPM will handle FOIA requests in the same way that they handle requests for personal information on employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, by redacting all identities, duty stations, and organizational components.

Unfortunately EOUSA has no authority to order these various Internet websites to cease displaying the current information they have on USAO employees, with this change in OPM’s response to FOIA requests, the information maintained by these websites will soon be out of date and inaccurate.


January 14, 2009 NAAUSA Endorses Kansas Legislation Permitting AUSAs to Carry Firearms

NAAUSA Vice President, Steve Cook and Washington Counsel, Bruce Moyer worked with Greg Hough USAKS and Randy Hendershot USAKS to write a letter in support of Kansas legislation to more broadly permit AUSAs to carry firearms.


October 8, 2008 DOJ Submits AUSA Security Report to Congress

On October 8, 2008 DOJ submitted the report of AUSA security required by P.L. 110-177.


NAAUSA Testifies at House Hearing on Courtroom Security

NAAUSA Vice President Steven H. Cook testified at the May 3, 2007 hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary and urged Congress to improve security for AUSAs in addition to improving security for Judges. NAAUSA's testimony included many examples of threats and assualts against AUSAs.


Results of NAAUSA's AUSA Security Survey

  • 1240 AUSAs completed the security survey, about 23 percent of all AUSAs.
  • 67% of the completed surveys were from NAAUSA members; more than half the membership completed the survey.
  • 45% of those completing the survey said they or a member of their immediate had been threatened or assaulted. This percentage varied widely based on how long the respondent had been an AUSA. The percentage threatened or assaulted by years of service and other categories follows:
    • Less than 10 years 26.5%
    • 10 or more years 53.4%
    • 20 years or more 67.0%
    • NAAUSA Members 50.0%
    • Civil AUSAs 33.0%
  • 57% of survey respondents said the secure parking should be provided for every AUSA carrying a high-vulnerability caseload regardless of the existence of pre-existing threat. This percentage was basically the same across the five groups listed above.
  • 80% of survey respondents said that AUSAs who carry high vulnerability caseloads who demonstrated proficiency in the use of firearms should be authorized to carry a firearm if they choose to.
    • Less than 10 years 80% 
    • 10 or more years 84%
    • 20 or more years 70%
    • NAAUSA members 82%
    • Civil AUSAs 72%
  • Question 1 allowed respondents to suggest other security improvements in addition to secure parking, home alarms, firearms deputization, or annual personal security training. Among the items suggested more than once were:
    • Protecting home address/phone records
    • Removing info from local property listings, drivers licenses, etc.
    • Requiring BOP to notify AUSA when inmates who have threatened the AUSA are released
    • More courthouse security
    • Escort guards to accompany AUSAs to un-secure parking late at night