Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2008 – March 31, 2009
Office of the Inspector General

U.S. Marshals Service
USMS logo The USMS is responsible for protecting more than 2,000 federal judges and other members of the federal judiciary; arresting federal, state, and local fugitives; protecting federal witnesses; transporting federal prisoners; managing assets seized from criminal enterprises; and responding to special assignments. The Director and Deputy Director work with 94 U.S. marshals to direct the work of approximately 4,800 employees at more than 350 locations throughout the 50 states, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.


During this reporting period, the OIG received 173 complaints involving the USMS. The most common allegations made against USMS employees were official misconduct; job performance failure; and force, abuse, and civil rights violations. The OIG opened seven investigations and referred other allegations to the USMS’s Office of Internal Affairs for review.

At the close of the reporting period, the OIG had 22 open cases of alleged misconduct against USMS employees. The following are examples of cases involving the USMS that the OIG’s Investigations Division handled during this reporting period:

Ongoing Work

The USMS’s Oversight of Courthouse Security

The OIG is assessing the USMS’s oversight of courthouse security.


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