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On November 16, 2009, ENRD will celebrate the Division's 100th Anniversary! 

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FOIA Contact:
Katherine Duncan
FOIA Coordinator
Law and Policy Section
Environment and Natural Resources Division
P.O. Box 4390, Ben Franklin Station
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20044-4390
(202) 514-0424
Fax: (202) 514-4231

Electronic Reading Room:

This includes frequently requested records, opinions, policy statements, and staff manuals, created by the Environment and Natural Resources Division on or after November 1, 1996.

Conventional Reading Room: Please call 202-514-0424 for access instructions.

Component Description:

The Environment and Natural Resources Division is responsible for the civil and criminal enforcement of environmental laws, the defense of the Government's administration of Federal environmental laws, and litigation relating to the use and protection of Federally-owned public lands and natural resources. Some statutes that are within the division's subject matter expertise are the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy Management Act, the National Forest Management Act, and the Endangered Species Act. The division also represents the United States in its trust capacity for Indian tribes; acquires land by purchase or condemnation for use by the Federal Government; and defends the Government against Fifth Amendment Takings Claims.

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A comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department


Special information required to make a FOIA request: None


TITLE: Case Management System



Department/Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice
Major Organization Subdivision: Environment and Natural Resources Division 
Street Address: 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
City: Washington, DC
Zip Code: 20530
Country: United States
Hours of Service: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

ABSTRACT: The Case Management System (CMS) contains information on actual or potential cases under the jurisdiction or consideration of the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). In addition, the CMS selectively contains information on ongoing or potential United States Attorneys' cases in which the ENRD plays a monitoring role. The CMS contains information such as case titles, court filing dates statutes at issue, and names of Division personnel assigned to matters. The CMS also contains information on the time spent by Division staff on all Division matters.

PURPOSE:The purpose of this system is to maintain identifying information about all actual or potential cases and related matters under the jurisdiction or consideration of the ENRD. The automated case tracking and timekeeping function of this system are maintained to monitor, manage and evaluate the Division's litigation and related activities.

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: All ENRD employees are allowed access to the CMS after appropriate training. Access is password protected and integrated into the Justice Consolidated Office Automation Network. Some information in the system is not available to all employees because it is protected under the Privacy Act or concerns criminal proceedings or other privileged matters. Persons outside the ENRD are not allowed access.

USE CONSTRAINTS: Users of the CMS are restricted to only those functions and data necessary to perform assigned tasks.

AGENCY PROGRAM: The Environment and Natural Resources Division has responsibility for a broad variety of affirmative and defensive litigation relating to the protection, use and development of natural resources and public lands, wildlife protection, Indian rights and claims, cleanup of hazardous waste sites, acquisition of private property for federal use, prosecution of environmental crimes, enforcement of environmental laws, and defense of environmental challenges to government programs and activities.

SOURCES OF DATA: Data contained in the CMS come primarily from pleadings and other court filings and records, as well as from Division sources, client agencies, foreign governments, and Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.

ORDER PROCESS: Requests for information should be submitted in writing to the following office: U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division; Law and Policy Section; Freedom of Information Act Office, P.O. Box 4390, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044-4390.

OFFICE OF CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION (if different from originator):

Department/Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice
Major Organization Subdivision: Environment and Natural Resources Division
Minor Organization Subdivision: Law and Policy Section
Name of Unit: Freedom of Information Act Office
Street Address: 601 D Street, N.W., 8th Floor
City: Washington, DC
Zip Code: 20004
Country: United States
Hours of Service: M-F, 9am to 5:30pm
Telephone: (202) 514-1442
FAX: (202) 514-4231
E-Mail Address:
Last Updated: 7/8/2009