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Subseries 11. Department of Justice Issues

Scope and Content Notes:

While he was Attorney General, Thornburgh clearly required current information regarding all major topics as well as the Department of Justice itself. The materials represented here include briefings and background material on various meetings, departments, and issues.

These "briefings" are divided into two groups. The first consists of materials prepared specifically for the Attorney General's use and, often, for a specific event, or a specific topic of interest, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1990. Prominent here are materials relating to the annual budget requests of the various departments, offices and components within the Department of Justice, and the all-important annual statements to the Appropriations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This group also has many background and briefing materials relating to conferences Thornburgh attended and/or initiated, such as the "1991 Crime Summit." Many of these materials have been underlined and "red-penned" by Thornburgh attesting to their use and importance. Issues include, for example: asset forfeiture, BCCI, Blood and Crips gang, budgets, civil rights, violent crime, DOJ status reports and congressional briefings, drugs, fraud, Judiciary Committees of House and Senate, national attorneys general meetings, organized crime, strike forces, Supreme Court, tax issues, and U.S. Attorney's Advisory Committee.

The second group of materials contains general information and updates on issues prepared annually for the use of the Attorney General and for the Department of Justice as a whole. These serve as a more general reference to the various issues and activities of the DOJ, including the use and appropriation of funding among all department sectors.

The files are arranged in two sections as follows: 1) Attorney General's briefing materials: materials alphabetically arranged, prepared for Thornburgh, and heavily annotated by the Attorney General. For large groups of material on a single issue, the files are arranged chronologically within; 2) Department of Justice briefing materials on divisions and issues: these files include four years (1988-1991) of briefing material, arranged chronologically, on all major activities and issues in departments and offices of the Department of Justice. Some of this material may have been prepared the incoming Attorney General during or shortly after his nomination process.

Section: Attorney General's Briefing Materials

Folder 14 Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) Docket Book for Centennial Meeting September 29, 1989
Folder 15 Asset forfeiture law briefing and background materials prepared for the Attorney General February 10, 1989
Folder 16 "Asset Forfeiture Program System Requirements Analysis and Feasibility Study" September, 1990
Folder 17 "Asset Forfeiture Fact Book," prepared by the Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture April, 1991
Folder 18-19 Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), briefing materials and talking points for news conference July 23, 1991
Folder 20 Blood and Crips, Los Angeles gangs, briefing book prepared by the FBI with updates (annotated) January, 1989-February, 1990
Folder 21 Budget: press briefing, Department of Justice budget requests, and briefing for meeting with Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 1990 January, 1989-1990

Box 830
Folder 1 Budget: letter from Jack Brooks, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary to Leon E. Panetta, chairman of the Committee on the Budget regarding Department of Justice Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1990 February-May, 1990
Folder 2 Budget: budget request hearings for department divisions for Fiscal Year 1991 (annotated) July, 1989
Folder 3 Budget: budget request hearings for department components for Fiscal Year 1991 (annotated) July, 1989
Folder 4 Budget: budget request hearings for other department offices for Fiscal Year 1991 (annotated) July, 1989
Folder 5 Budget: Fiscal Year 1991 budget allowance letters from Harry Flickinger, AAG for Administration, to divisions, components and other departmental offices (annotated) August, 1989
Folder 6 Budget: "The Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1991," submitted by President Bush January 29, 1990
Folder 7 Budget: budget request hearings for department divisions for Fiscal Year 1992 (annotated) July, 1990

Box 831
Folder 1 Budget: budget request hearings for department components for Fiscal Year 1992 (annotated) July, 1990
Folder 2-3 Budget: budget request hearings for other department offices for Fiscal Year 1992 (annotated) July, 1990
Folder 4 Budget: Department of Justice budget appeals to the Attorney General Fall, 1990
Folder 5 Budget: Department of Justice 1991 Budget Briefing, includes summaries regarding "Passbacks" of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 1991 and 1992 (annotated) December 15, 1990
Folder 6 "Civil Division FY 1990: Caseload and Time Use Statistics" April, 1991
Folder 7 Civil Rights Act of 1990: internal Department of Justice memoranda May-June, 1990
Folder 8 Civil Rights Act of 1990: letters and memoranda to and from legislative and executive branches of U.S. government July, 1990

Box 832
Folder 1-2 Civil Rights Act of 1990: memoranda, clippings, correspondence, and copy of the Act (annotated) Summer-Fall, 1990
Folder 3 Crime: Attorney General's Summit on Law Enforcement Responses to Violent Crime: "Public Safety in the Nineties," Washington DC, press kit and conference summary March 3-5, 1991
Folder 4-5 Crime: Attorney General's Summit on Law Enforcement Responses to Violent Crime: "Public Safety in the Nineties," Washington DC, briefing materials (annotated) March 3-5, 1991
Folder 6 Crime: National Crime Victims' Rights Week, sponsored by the Office of Victims of Crime of the OJP April 21-27, 1991
Folder 7 Crime bill: briefing materials of Bill with all sections, including Senate Congressional Record March 12, 1991
Folder 8 Crime bill: statement of Attorney General Thornburgh before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, background and briefing material (annotated) April 18, 1991

Box 833
Folder 1 Crime bill: statement of Attorney General Thornburgh before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, AG testimony (annotated) April 18, 1991
Folder 2 Criminal division transition briefing for Attorney General Thornburgh (annotated) 1987-1988
Folder 3 DOJ: review of major litigation for Attorney General Thornburgh September 12, 1988
Folder 4 DOJ: "Listing of Presidential, Senior Executive Service, and Schedule C Appointees" November 18, 1988
Folder 5 DOJ: "Structure Key Personnel Field Locations" November 22, 1988
Folder 6 DOJ: Cases of interest to the department to be decided before the Supreme Court 1989-1990
Folder 7 DOJ: Issue Status Report for President Bush, also includes response to Attorney General Thornburgh's inquiry of status of DOJ issues (annotated) January, 1989
Folder 8 DOJ: "A Management Review of Attorney Recruitment and Retention in the Department's Legal Divisions" (annotated) October, 1989

Box 834
Folder 1 DOJ: "A Management Review of Attorney Recruitment and Retention in the Department's Legal Divisions" (annotated) October, 1989
Folder 2 DOJ: Congressional briefing, "back-up" and reference book (annotated) 1990
Folder 3 DOJ: major activities and initiatives February-May, 1991
Folder 4-5 DOJ: "Attorney General's Issue Encyclopedia" June, 1991
Folder 6 DOJ: major activities and initiatives June-September, 1991

Box 835
Folder 1 "District Law Enforcement Plans Historical Summary" prepared by the Executive Office for U.S. Attorney (EOUSA) LECC/Victim-Witness staff September 23, 1988
Folder 2 Drugs: briefing on H.R. 5210, anti-drug legislation, in preparation for Attorney General's meeting with House and Senate members (annotated) September 2, 1988
Folder 3 Drugs: National Drug Policy Board briefing materials September 21, 1988
Folder 4 Drugs: memorandum to Thornburgh from Francis Keating, II, acting associate attorney general, regarding drug funding shortfall September 23, 1988
Folder 5-9 Drugs: "A Nationwide Report on Drug Trafficking," a report to the Attorney General from the United States Attorneys 1989
Folder 10 Drugs: "Presentation of the FBI's Drug Program to Attorney General Dick Thornburgh" June 9, 1989

Box 836
Folder 1 Drugs: Domestic Policy Council (DPC) meeting on National Drug Control Strategy (annotated) August 4, 1989
Folder 2 Drugs: "Drug Czar's Achievement Report" January-March, 1990
Folder 3-4 Drugs: Domestic Policy Council (DPC) meeting on National Drug Control Strategy III (annotated) December 13, 1990
Folder 5 Economic Policy Council (EPC) meeting regarding National Energy Strategy (NES) (annotated) December, 1990
Folder 6-7 "Financial Institution Fraud Report, Overview," prepared by the Office of Special Counsel for Financial Institutions February 27, 1991
Folder 8 Fraud Section, "Briefing on Bank Fraud for the Attorney General," and other memoranda and reports (annotated) Fall-Winter, 1988

Box 837
Folder 1 Fraud Section, "Briefing on Bank Fraud for the Attorney General," and other memoranda and reports (annotated) Fall-Winter, 1988
Folder 2 House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: briefing materials on all members June, 1987, May, 1988
Folder 3 House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: Briefing materials for hearing on DOJ Authorization/Oversight May 2, 1989
Folder 4 House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: questions drafted by Republican staffers for hearing on DOJ Authorization/Oversight May 2, 1989
Folder 5 House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: Attorney General Thornburgh's statement concerning Department of Justice (DOJ) Appropriation Authorization (annotated) May 2, 1989
Folder 6 House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: Attorney General Thornburgh's statement and follow-up articles, memoranda and notes (annotated) May 16, 1990
Folder 7-8 House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: Authorization hearing (annotated), did not occur July 18, 1991

Box 838
Folder 1 House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: Authorization hearing (annotated), did not occur July 18, 1991
Folder 2-3 House of Representatives, Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Controls June 21, 1989
Folder 4 House of Representatives, Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Controls: briefing material July 25, 1991
Folder 5 House of Representatives, and Senate subcommittees on Appropriations: probable questions (annotated) February, 1989
Folder 6 House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Appropriations: briefing material and testimony (annotated) March 8, 1990
Folder 7 International affairs, Policy Options paper: "Options for Establishing an Office of International Affairs," prepared by Justice Management Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) (annotated) December, 1989
Folder 8 Office of Justice Programs (OJP): briefing materials September 9, 1988
Folder 9 OJP, "Denial of Federal Benefits Project:" briefing materials September 11, 1990

Box 839
Folder 1-2 Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC): victim/witness assistance programs briefing material February, 1990
Folder 3 Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA): review and briefing for Justice Management Division hearing (annotated) February 22, 1989
Folder 4 National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) meeting, briefing and follow-up materials (annotated) March 13, 1989
Folder 5 National U.S. Attorneys' Conference, Savannah, GA March 25-29, 1991
Folder 6 Organized Crime: strike forces briefing and update material (annotated) 1987-1988
Folder 7 Organized Crime: strike forces consolidation (annotated) May, 1989
Folder 8 Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Reference Book November 1, 1989
Folder 9 Organized Crime: National Organized Crime Strategy, memorandum to Robert Mueller, III, and report on Organized Crime Program accomplishments December 11, 1990

Box 840
Folder 1 Organized Crime: National Organized Crime Strategy for 1991 and Program report for 1990 January, 1991
Folder 2 Organized Crime: Drug Enforcement Task Force National Conference, Wesley Chapel, FL May 29-June 1, 1991
Folder 3 Senate, Committee on Appropriations: briefing materials on all members June, 1987
Folder 4 Senate, Committee on Appropriations: statement of the Attorney General, includes drafts (annotated) February 23, 1989
Folder 5 Senate, Committee on Appropriations: hearing of committee (annotated) April 26, 1990
Folder 6 Senate, Committee on the Judiciary: authorization hearing information and statement of the Attorney General (annotated) April 3, 1990
Folder 7 Senate, Committee on the Judiciary: authorization hearing information and statement of the Attorney General (annotated) May 8, 1990

Box 841
Folder 1 Soviet legal system and reformation of the system under Gorbachev: background and briefing for Attorney General foreign trip October, 1989
Folder 2-3 Supreme Court argument by Thornburgh, Payne v. Tennessee, Docket No. 90-5721 April, 1991
Folder 4 Supreme Court nominees, biographical information on all nominees (annotated) July 21, 1991
Folder 5 Tax Division, management issues October 28, 1988
Folder 6-7 U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee conference, briefing materials (annotated) September 6, 1988

Section: Department of Justice Briefing Materials on Divisions and Issues

Folder 8 Responses to possible questions regarding issues and departments 1988

Box 842
Folder 1 Responses to possible questions regarding issues and departments 1988
Folder 2 Antitrust briefing for Attorney General designate Thornburgh by Deputy Attorney General Christensen and Associate Attorney General Keating July, 1988
Folder 3-10 Briefing on departments and issues 1989-1991