TRAC-Reports
Rise Seen in Asylum Denial Rates
(04 Aug 2014) The odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court has risen to 50.2 percent during the first nine months of 2014. See more...
Decline in Federal Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
(23 Jul 2014) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during June 2014 the government reported 79 new personal injury - medical malpractice lawsuits filed. See more...
New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court
(15 Jul 2014) Records just obtained under the Freedom of Information Act offer new insights about government policies governing the handling of the recent surge of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. See more...
Juvenile Cases Help Push Immigration Court Backlog to New High
(10 Jul 2014) As of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has climbed to an all time high of 375,503 -- an increase of more than 50,000 since the start of FY 2013 -- according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. See more...
Official Corruption Prosecutions Decline Under Obama
(07 Jul 2014) Recent data from the Justice Department show that 302 individuals have been prosecuted for criminal corruption offenses during the first seven months of FY 2014. See more...
Recent Trends in Naturalization Application Lawsuits
(30 Jun 2014) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during May 2014 the government reported 195 new civil filings in the category of immigration and naturalization disputes. See more...
Despite Rise in Felony Charges, Most Immigration Convictions Remain Misdemeanors
(26 Jun 2014) Convictions for the petty offense of illegal entry continue to dominate the criminal enforcement of federal immigration laws, according to a new analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of case-by case records from the Justice Department. See more...
After Two Year Decline, Foreclosure Civil Filings Beginning to Rise
(29 May 2014) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during April 2014 the government reported 374 new foreclosure civil filings. See more...
ICE Continues to Block Public Access to Immigration Enforcement Data
(19 May 2014) The co-directors of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University have filed suit charging ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with multiple violations of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Administrative Practices Act and the administrative rules of both agencies. See more...
Arizona Driving Changes in Criminal Immigration Re-entry Prosecutions
(13 May 2014) The latest available data from the Justice Department covering the first six months of FY 2014 indicate that substantial changes are occurring in the criminal enforcement of the immigration laws, particularly among those districts along the border with Mexico. See more...
Securities/Commodities/Exchange Civil Filings Jump 43%
(08 May 2014) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during March 2014 the government reported a 43 percent jump in new securities/commodities/exchange civil filings. See more...
Social Security Administration Prosecutions Rose 20% in FY 2013
(30 Apr 2014) Recent data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2013 there were 682 criminal prosecutions referred by the Social Security Administration. See more...
ICE Rarely Uses Prosecutorial Discretion to Close Immigration Cases
(24 Apr 2014) The use of prosecutorial discretion (PD) by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to close cases in the Immigration Courts continues to be relatively rare -- only 6.7 percent of cases were closed on this basis between October 2012 and March 2014. See more...
IRS Finding Fewer Math Errors in Tax Returns
(15 Apr 2014) Very timely information on IRS enforcement activity and income reported on returns over the past twenty years, including graphical highlights, have just been released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
ICE Deportation Data by Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship
(10 Apr 2014) An individual deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in fiscal year 2013 was most likely to be a Mexican male about 30 years old, according to examination of the latest available agency records obtained from ICE by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act. See more...
Secure Communities and ICE Deportation: A Failed Program?
(08 Apr 2014) Secure Communities, a massive government surveillance program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has failed to increase the removal of its primary announced targets: noncitizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations. See more...
Federal Employment Lawsuits Dip Below 1,000 Per Month
(26 Mar 2014) The monthly average number of federal employment lawsuits has dropped below 1,000 for the first five months of FY 2014. See more...
Latest Comprehensive Information About Federal Tax Enforcement
(20 Mar 2014) Recent and very extensive information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about tax returns, audits and its own criminal enforcement actions are now available on the public web site of the Transactional Records Access Records (TRAC). See more...
Federal Drug Prosecutions Fall to Lowest Level in Over 13 Years
(18 Mar 2014) The monthly count of federal prosecutions for narcotics/drugs offenses has reached its lowest level since May 2000. See more...
Criminal Deportation Filings Dip to 12%
(13 Mar 2014) During the first five months of fiscal year 2014, only 12 percent of all filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens have been based on alleged criminal activity. See more...
Tax Lawsuits Edge Downward
(21 Feb 2014) January 2014 data from the federal courts show that the number of tax lawsuits filed have declined nearly 10 percent in the past year, and are down over 30 percent from what they were five years ago. See more...
ICE Success in Obtaining Removal Orders Drops to 50%
(13 Feb 2014) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has had diminishing success in convincing Immigration Judges to issue removal orders. See more...
Post-9/11 Slide in FBI Prosecutions Stabilizes under Obama
(12 Feb 2014) The number of criminal prosecutions referred each year by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has fallen by about one sixth -- 16.8 percent -- during the Obama administration when compared with the Bush years. See more...
Targeting of ICE Detainers Varies Widely by State and by Facility
(11 Feb 2014) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed detainers on approximately half a million individuals during fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to the latest government records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act. See more...
IRS Criminal Prosecutions Rise 23% Under Obama
(04 Feb 2014) During the Obama administration, the number of criminal prosecutions referred each year by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has risen by nearly a quarter -- 23.4 percent -- over the Bush years. See more...
TRAC Charges ICE, CBP With FOIA Law Violation
(03 Feb 2014) On January 29, 2014 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) filed suit in D.C. District Court under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), charging two major Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies with multiple violations of the FOIA. TRAC's suit asks the court to order Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to make public:

- a comprehensive directory of the information they collect about their immigration investigations and enforcement activities;

- records detailing how these data are distributed as extracts or snapshots; and

- copies of the latest data stored in four of their main internal data repositories. See more...

Naturalization Application Lawsuits Drop 50% in Five Years
(23 Jan 2014) December 2013 data from the federal courts reveal a continuing decline in new immigration suits against the federal government concerning naturalization applications. See more...
Surprising Variability in Immigration Detainer Trends by Gender, Nationality
(22 Jan 2014) Very recent government data reveal that while the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials has dropped by nearly a quarter (23 percent) since fiscal year 2012, there are striking differences in the trends when viewed by the gender and nationality of the individuals involved. See more...
Once Intended to Reduce Immigration Court Backlog, Prosecutorial Discretion Closures Continue Unabated
(15 Jan 2014) During the first quarter of FY 2014, seven percent of all Immigration Court cases were closed due to the exercise of prosecutorial discretion (PD), according to the latest case-by-case records (through December 2013) obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Prosecutions of Health Care Fraud Law Reach New High in FY 2013
(14 Jan 2014) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2013 a record high of 377 individuals were prosecuted under the federal Health Care Fraud law (18 USC 1347). See more...
Fewest Consumer Credit Lawsuits Filed Since May 2009
(06 Jan 2014) In November 2013 the federal government reported 586 new consumer credit civil filings, the lowest number of such lawsuits since May 2009. See more...
In Immigration Courts, Criminal Activity Continues to Drop as Removal Reason
(11 Dec 2013) Alleged criminal activity continues to turn up less and less often as the basis for new Immigration Court filings seeking removal orders. See more...
Immigration Prosecutions Reached All-time High in FY 2013
(25 Nov 2013) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2013 immigration prosecutions reached an all-time high, with new cases being filed against 97,384 defendants. See more...
Over 1000 Appeals Court Documents Added to FOIAProject.org
(21 Nov 2013) Thanks to generous support from the CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy, the FOIA Project has been able to expand FOIA lawsuit coverage to include many Court of Appeals cases filed or closed since the start of fiscal year 2001 (October 1, 2000). See more...
New Mexico Immigration Prosecutions Jumped 46% in FY 2013
(13 Nov 2013) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first eleven months of FY 2013 New Mexico had the fastest growth in criminal immigration prosecutions -- a 45.7 percent jump -- among the nation's 94 judicial districts. See more...
Wait for Immigration Relief Longest in Nebraska, Oregon, Illinois Courts
(12 Nov 2013) For individuals who were ultimately granted relief, wait times in Immigration Court grew even longer last month. See more...
Immigration Court Backlog Up 85% From Five Years Ago
(25 Oct 2013) The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts climbed to 344,230 by the end of fiscal year 2013, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. See more...
Rise in Social Security Lawsuits
(24 Oct 2013) Over the past five years, the number of Social Security civil lawsuits filed in federal courts has risen over 60 percent, according to the latest available case-by-case federal court data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Fewer Immigration Removal Filings Based on Criminal Activity
(15 Oct 2013) Of all filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens during fiscal year 2013, only one in seven (14.4 percent) have been based on alleged criminal activity. See more...
New ICE Detainer Guidelines Have Little Impact
(01 Oct 2013) Very recent government data reveal that new, stricter guidelines issued last December have had no discernible impact on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer practices. See more...
Decline in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Lawsuits
(27 Sep 2013) Over the past five years the number of motor vehicle product liability lawsuits filed in federal courts has dropped nearly 40 percent, according to the latest available data from the federal courts. See more...
Slump in FBI White Collar Crime Prosecutions
(24 Sep 2013) Prosecutions of white collar criminals recommended by the FBI are substantially down during the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2013, according to the latest available data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the Department of Justice. See more...
Few ICE Detainers Target Serious Criminals
(17 Sep 2013) Very timely case-by-case data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show that no more than 14 percent of the "detainers" issued by the government in FY 2012 and the first four months of FY 2013 met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security. See more...
Removal of 190,000 Sought in US Immigration Courts in FY 2013
(11 Sep 2013) TRAC projects that in fiscal year 2013 the U.S. government will file actions in Immigration Court seeking to remove over 190,000 individuals from the country, according to the latest data extending through the end of August 2013. See more...
Decline in Drug-Related Seizure of Property
(22 Aug 2013) In the last five years, there has been a gradual but steady decline in the number of civil lawsuits filed each month in federal courts for the drug-related seizure of property, according to case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Fourfold Increase in Prosecutions of Child Sex Trafficking Crimes Since 2008
(21 Aug 2013) Federal prosecutions of cases involving the sex trafficking of children have risen 25 percent since last year, and are nearly four times what they were just five years ago. See more...
Prosecutorial Discretion Closed 1 in 4 Cases in Seattle, San Diego, Charlotte Immigration Courts
(12 Aug 2013) During the month of July 2013, ICE exercised prosecutorial discretion (PD) and agreed to close a total of 1,382 deportation cases that were pending before the Immigration Courts. See more...
New Information on FISA Judges
(09 Aug 2013) Central to the growing dispute about the legality and value of the very extensive electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) is the secret federal court that approves the search warrants authorizing the NSA's world-wide efforts. See more...
Decline in Voting Civil Rights Lawsuits
(29 Jul 2013) In light of the Supreme Court decision striking down the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, and the announcement by Attorney General Holder that the Department of Justice would aggressively enforce remaining provisions to include "bailing in" the entire State of Texas, it is worth examining recent use of federal civil courts to enforce voting rights. See more...
Number of ICE Detainers Drops by 19 Percent
(25 Jul 2013) Very timely month-by-month data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show that the immigration "detainers" issued by the agency are declining, according to information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. See more...
Most Racial Violence Civil Rights Cases Not Prosecuted
(23 Jul 2013) Since George Zimmerman was acquitted in Florida state court of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, there has been significant public speculation as to whether the federal government would pursue civil rights charges; one possibility would be a charge categorized as racial violence. See more...
Poor ICE FOIA Management Hinders Public Access to Immigration Records
(18 Jul 2013) Poor management of FOIA requests at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is evidenced by older requests being forgotten while the agency focuses on the newer ones, according to the latest ICE records compiled and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. See more...
Criminal Activity Cited in Smaller Fraction of Deportation Filings
(08 Jul 2013) During the current fiscal year, only 14.7 percent of the new filings in Immigration Court sought to deport noncitizens based on alleged criminal activity rather than violations of immigration requirements. See more...
Truth in Lending Federal Lawsuits Continue to Decline
(24 Jun 2013) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during May 2013 the government reported just 16 new lawsuits filed under the category of Truth in Lending, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Jump Seen in Federal Weapons Prosecutions
(10 Jun 2013) The latest available data from the Justice Department reveal a substantial jump in federal weapons prosecutions during March and April 2013. See more...
Over 100,000 Removal Orders Sought in Immigration Courts So Far This Year
(06 Jun 2013) During the first eight months of FY 2013 the federal government has filed actions in the Immigration Courts against 107,538 noncitizens seeking their removal according to the latest (May 2013) data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Legal Noncitizens Receive Longest ICE Detention
(03 Jun 2013) Timely Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data about the custody history of detainees who were deported or released by the government during November and December of 2012 shows wide variation in their detention times. See more...
ICE's FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times
(30 May 2013) The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)'s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. See more...
Free Webinar: Who Is Being Taken into ICE Custody?
(29 May 2013) A free webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00pm (Eastern US time) to present and discuss findings on current Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention practices, state-by-state. See more...
Civil Filing Information for April 2013
(22 May 2013) There were 27,588 new civil court suits filed in federal district courts during the month of April 2013, up 14.9 percent from March. See more...
Decisions on ICE Detainees Vary Widely by State
(22 May 2013) Of the 1,500 individuals taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a typical work day, the latest ICE data record that about 1,000 were eventually "removed" -- deported and barred from returning to the U.S. for years. See more...
Where Individuals Enter ICE Custody: State-by-State Details
(20 May 2013) On a typical work day Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took 1,509 individuals into custody, according to the latest available ICE data from November and December 2012. See more...
Southern District of Texas Leading in Record Year for Immigration Prosecutions
(10 May 2013) Very timely Justice Department data show that during the first six months of FY 2013, the rate of federal criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses is up 9.8 percent over the previous year, with 50,468 such prosecutions reported as of the end of March. See more...
Removal Orders Running 18 Percent Behind Last Year's Pace
(06 May 2013) Immigration Judges are issuing removal orders at a slower pace than last year, according to the latest (April 2013) data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
ICE's FOIA Requests Piling Up
(29 Apr 2013) At Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) there has been a rapid rise in the backlog of FOIA requests received that have been waiting unanswered for long periods of time. See more...
Foreclosure Suits Rising Again
(25 Apr 2013) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during March 2013 the government reported 592 new lawsuits filed under the category of Real Property - Foreclosures, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Domestic Terror Cases Outnumbering International Two-to-One in FY 2013
(24 Apr 2013) During February 2013, there were 16 new federal criminal prosecutions for terrorism and national internal security offenses, according to the latest available data from the Justice Department. See more...
Wait Times in Immigration Courts Increase in March
(11 Apr 2013) Wait times in the Immigration Courts continue to rise. See more...
Uncertain Impact of Slump in IRS Audits and Staffing
(09 Apr 2013) Compared with just two years ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning a significant 18 percent reduction in auditing efforts focused on large businesses during the current fiscal year, according to a very timely IRS planning document obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). See more...
Drop in Employment Civil Rights Lawsuits
(26 Mar 2013) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during February 2013 the government reported 950 new lawsuits filed under the category of Employment Civil Rights, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Media Making Fewer Challenges to Government Secrecy in Federal Court
(14 Mar 2013) Federal court records show that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits challenging government secrecy by news groups have declined, according to an analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Immigration Court Backlog Reaches New High
(13 Mar 2013) The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has risen along with the average time these pending cases have been waiting. See more...
Weapons Prosecutions Slip from FY 2012 Pace
(06 Mar 2013) During January 2013, there were 493 new federal criminal prosecutions in the weapons category, according to the latest available data from the Justice Department. See more...
Spike in Criminal Prosecutions Caused by Jump in Immigration Referrals
(28 Feb 2013) The total of 15,313 federal criminal prosecutions in December 2012 was 14 percent higher than the previous month. See more...
Additional Data on U.S. Citizens and Green Card Holders Targeted by ICE Detainers
(20 Feb 2013) In TRAC's previous report on detainers issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents between FY 2008 and FY 2012, it was noted that detainers had been placed on 834 U.S. Citizens and 28,489 legal permanent residents (LPRs, or "green card" holders). See more...
U.S. Citizens Included As Targets of ICE Detainers
(20 Feb 2013) During a recent 50-month period covering FY 2008 through the start of FY 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents issued nearly one million detainers. See more...
Three-Year Rise in Patent Lawsuits
(19 Feb 2013) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2013 the government reported 530 new patent civil filings, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
ICE Requests for Deportation Orders Rise Slightly from Historic Lows
(15 Feb 2013) The latest available data from the Immigration Courts show that during January 2013 the government reported 15,174 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filings seeking deportation orders. See more...
Federal Weapons Enforcement: A Moving Target
(13 Feb 2013) The number of federal prosecutions for weapons violations in FY 2012 was almost exactly the same as it was a decade earlier. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for October 2012 Released
(08 Feb 2013) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 13,764 for the month of October, according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
Free Webinar: Asylum Decisions by Immigration Judges
(22 Jan 2013) A free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, January 24 at 2:00pm (Eastern US time) to present and discuss findings on the record low asylum denial rates levied by judges in the Immigration Courts. See more...
FY 2012 A Record Year for Asylum Cases
(15 Jan 2013) The odds of an asylum claim being denied reached an historic low in FY 2012, with only 44.5 percent being turned down. See more...
ICE Requests for Deportation Orders Down 25% from Last Year's Pace
(10 Jan 2013) The latest available data from the Immigration Courts show that during December 2012 the government reported 14,898 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filings seeking deportation orders. See more...
Deportation Orders Historically Low
(21 Dec 2012) The latest available data from the Immigration Courts show a continued decline in requests for deportation orders made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. See more...
FOIA Lawsuits Increase During Obama Administration
(20 Dec 2012) A new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has found that there were more court complaints asking federal judges to force the government to abide by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) during the first term of the Obama Administration than there were in the last term of President Bush. See more...
Federal Money Laundering Enforcement Efforts Lag
(14 Dec 2012) For the recently ended fiscal year 2012, there were 310 new criminal prosecutions for money laundering offenses, according to the latest available data from the Justice Department. See more...
Surprising Sentencing Deviations Within Many Courthouses
(26 Nov 2012) Very timely government data -- updated through July 2012 -- has found widely varied sentencing differences within many federal courthouses, according to a new report by the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Continued Decline and Shifting Focus Seen in Criminal Immigration Prosecutions
(19 Nov 2012) The latest available data from the Justice Department show a continuing decline in the number of criminal prosecutions resulting from referrals made by agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). See more...
Immigration Court Backlog Falls Slightly for the First Time in Years
(15 Nov 2012) October 2012 Immigration Court figures show the Court backlog dropping for the first time in years, shrinking by 1 percent to 321,633 cases. See more...
Striking Judge-to-Judge Differences in Federal Criminal Caseloads
(12 Nov 2012) An analysis of case-by-case records covering more than 400,000 defendants has found surprising variations in the criminal caseloads of individual federal judges for the nation as a whole and in some instances among the judges serving in the same courthouse. See more...
Consumer Credit Civil Lawsuits Starting to Fall
(06 Nov 2012) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during September 2012 the government reported 723 new consumer credit civil filings, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
DOJ Inspector General Overly Critical of EOIR Statistics
(02 Nov 2012) The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Justice Department has just released a report (at http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2012/e1301.pdf) criticizing the statistics of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). See more...
TRAC Challenges ICE Claim That Data Are Off-Limits to the Public
(23 Oct 2012) On October 22, 2012 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) filed suit in D.C. District Court under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) challenging a ruling by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that its master repository of investigations and operations information is off-limits to the public. See more...
Slower Pace for New Closures In ICE Prosecutorial Discretion Program
(15 Oct 2012) September 2012 Immigration Court figures show a slowing in the pace of new closures under ICE's Prosecutorial Discretion (PD) program. See more...
DEA Prosecutions Slip 14 Percent in FY 2012
(01 Oct 2012) During the first ten months of fiscal year 2012, there were 11,782 new criminal prosecutions referred by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to the latest available data from the Justice Department. See more...
Latest Civil Filing Information, August 2012
(25 Sep 2012) There were 23,221 new civil court suits filed in federal district courts during the month of August 2012, up 5.7 percent from July. See more...
Latest Immigration Court Numbers, August 2012
(13 Sep 2012) TRAC's monthly bulletin on Latest Immigration Court Numbers offers very timely statistics compiled from case-by-case Immigration Court records we receive shortly after the end of each month. See more...
Copyright Suits Trending Upward
(04 Sep 2012) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during July 2012 the government reported 296 new copyright civil filings, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for June 2012 Released
(28 Aug 2012) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 14,352 for the month of June, according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
TRAC Announces Monthly Immigration Bulletin
(15 Aug 2012) TRAC's newest monthly bulletin -- Latest Immigration Court Numbers -- offers very timely statistics that TRAC compiles from case-by-case Immigration Court records we now receive shortly after the end of each month. See more...
ICE Bypassing Immigration Courts? Deportations Rise as Orders Fall
(13 Aug 2012) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported a total of 39,426 individuals during May 2012, according to the latest available case-by-case records from ICE released to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) under the Freedom of Information Act. See more...
ICE Refuses FOIA Request on Immigration Court Filings
(07 Aug 2012) On August 7, 2012 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) sent the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a letter responding to the agency's July 26 FOIA refusal to process TRAC's request for case-by-case information in anonymous form on the 75,044 Notices to Appear (NTAs) the agency had filed in the Immigration Courts during the first four months of 2012. See more...
Free Webinar Tomorrow: ICE Prosecutorial Discretion, Immigration Court Filings and Closure
(01 Aug 2012) A free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, August 2 at 2:00pm (Eastern US time) to present and discuss how the exercise of prosecutorial discretion by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has impacted the filing and closing of cases in the Immigration Courts. See more...
ATF Prosecutions Turning Around in FY 2012
(31 Jul 2012) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that, during the first eight months of FY 2012, the number of prosecutions for weapons and other offenses referred by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has staged a turnaround. See more...
Drop in ICE Deportation Filings in Immigration Court
(30 Jul 2012) So far this fiscal year, there have been fewer Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filings for deportation orders than in FY 2011. See more...
Rise Seen in Social Security SSID Benefit Lawsuits
(27 Jul 2012) The latest available data from the federal courts show that in June of this year there were 860 new SSID Title XVI lawsuits filed, most under US Code Title 45 Section 405 which allows for judicial review when Social Security supplemental security income (SSI) benefits are denied. See more...
Latest Details on ICE Prosecutorial Discretion Program
(23 Jul 2012) As of June 28, 2012 a total of 5,684 cases were closed under a special Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program announced last August. See more...
Immigration Backlog and Wait Times Reach New Highs
(19 Jul 2012) The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts keeps rising, along with the average time these pending cases have been waiting. See more...
Consumer Credit Lawsuits Up 194% from Five Years Ago
(12 Jul 2012) The latest available data from the federal courts show that in May of this year there were 890 new consumer credit lawsuits filed, most under the Fair Debt Enforcement Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for April 2012 Released
(09 Jul 2012) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 14,950 for the month of April, according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
ICE Prosecutorial Discretion by Location
(19 Jun 2012) As of May 31, 2012 a total of 4,585 cases were closed under a special Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program announced last August. See more...
Free Webinar Tomorrow: ICE and CBP Criminal Prosecution Trends by Location
(18 Jun 2012) A free webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 at 2:00pm (Eastern US time) to present and discuss trends by location in federal criminal prosecutions resulting from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement of federal criminal immigration laws. See more...
Decline in Federal Criminal Immigration Prosecutions
(12 Jun 2012) The latest available data from the Justice Department show a marked decline in criminal immigration prosecutions processed in federal district courts. See more...
Increase in Employment Discrimination Lawsuits Under the ADA
(30 May 2012) The latest month-by-month data from the federal courts shows that in April of this year there were 183 new lawsuits filed claiming employment discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). See more...
Free Webinar Thursday: ICE Targeting Trends by Nationality
(14 May 2012) A free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at 2:00pm (Eastern US time) to present and discuss trends in new Immigration Court deportation proceedings for individual nationalities. See more...
Fifteen New Domestic Terrorism Prosecutions Filed in February 2012
(09 May 2012) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that in February 2012 the federal government filed charges against fifteen individuals in investigations involving domestic terrorism, an uptick from the previous month when only four such prosecutions were filed. See more...
ICE Charges Criminal Activity in Fewer Deportation Proceedings
(08 May 2012) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to cite criminal activity as grounds for deportation less often than it used to, according to the latest Immigration Court data on new deportation proceedings. See more...
Recent Rise in Federal Suits to Recover Student Loans
(04 May 2012) The latest month-by-month data from the federal courts shows that in March of this year the government reported that it had sued 279 individuals in order to seek recovery of defaulted student loans. See more...
Thursday Webinar Focuses on Shifts in Immigration Court Orders and Backlogs
(24 Apr 2012) During the most recent quarter (January-March 2012), the Immigration Courts issued 2,429 fewer deportation orders than in the previous quarter (October-December 2011). See more...
White Collar Crime Prosecutions Down in January 2012
(20 Apr 2012) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that in January 2012 the federal government prosecuted 546 individuals in white collar crime cases, down 13 percent from the previous month and down over 40 percent since August 2011, when there were 930 such prosecutions reported. See more...
Latest Data and Free Webinar on ICE Prosecutorial Discretion
(19 Apr 2012) A prosecutorial discretion initiative by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has resulted in the closure of a total of 2,609 Immigration Court cases, according to the latest data obtained and analyzed by TRAC, current through the end of March. See more...
Few Millionaires Audited by IRS Global High Wealth Group
(10 Apr 2012) Very timely data from the IRS show that a special government effort claiming to target "global high wealth" individuals -- including those with assets or incomes in the tens of millions of dollars -- completed audits on only 36 reporting income of $1 million or more in the nearly two and a half years since the program was announced. See more...
Top County's Income Drops 43 Percent in Two Years
(26 Mar 2012) Two years ago, the average adjusted gross income (AGI) in Teton County, Wyoming was the highest in the nation at $142,048. But newly released data from the IRS show that in filing year 2010, the average AGI in Teton county had dropped a precipitous 43 percent, down to $80,827. See more...
Civil Rights Prosecutions Up Sharply in December 2011
(13 Mar 2012) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during December 2011 there was a sharp increase in the prosecution of civil rights crimes by the federal government. See more...
Wide Variations Seen in Federal Sentencing
(05 Mar 2012) An analysis of all criminal cases completed in the federal courts during the last five years has discovered extensive and hard-to-explain variations in the sentencing practices of district court judges working in many different districts. See more...
Defensive Standards Hinder FOIA Openness
(01 Mar 2012) When the Obama administration came to office in January 2009, it promised greater openness and transparency in government. See more...
Sharp Decline in ICE Deportation Filings
(21 Feb 2012) The number of deportation proceedings initiated during October to December 2011 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the nation's 50-plus Immigration Courts fell sharply to only 39,331 -- down 33 percent from 58,639 filings recorded the previous quarter. See more...
DEA Prosecutions Dip to Eleven-Year Low
(20 Feb 2012) Federal criminal prosecutions referred by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have dropped to the lowest level in 11 years, according to very timely data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
TRAC Upcoming Webinars: New Data Tracking ICE Prosecutorial Discretion
(13 Feb 2012) The Latest data tracking ICE prosecutorial discretion show that new filings seeking deportation orders in Immigration Court from October - December 2011 fell dramatically. See more...
Growth In Immigration Backlog Slowing
(08 Feb 2012) The number of cases awaiting a resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a total of 300,225 at the end of December 2011, up from 297,551 at the end of September. See more...
Share of Immigration Cases Ending in Deportation Orders Hits Record Low
(07 Feb 2012) TRAC's web-based tools monitoring ICE's exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the Immigration Courts have been updated with court data tracking outcomes through December 2011. See more...
DHS Referred Most Federal Criminal Prosecutions in October 2011
(26 Jan 2012) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during October 2011 the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to enforce immigration and customs laws accounted for 59% of all federal criminal prosecutions. See more...
ICE Continues to Stonewall on Immigration Enforcement Data
(10 Jan 2012) On January 4, 2012 TRAC published data provided by ICE which indicated that many fewer individuals had been apprehended, deported or detained by the agency than had been claimed in its official statements. See more...
Agency's Immigration Enforcement Claims Not Supported By Own Data
(04 Jan 2012) Case-by-case records provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that many fewer individuals were apprehended, deported or detained by the agency than were claimed in its official statements: congressional testimony, press releases, and the agency's latest 2010 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. See more...
Record Number of Federal Criminal Health Care Fraud Prosecutions Filed in FY 2011
(14 Dec 2011) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that federal health care fraud prosecutions reached an historic high last year. See more...
Immigration Court Backlog Rises for Another Year
(08 Dec 2011) The number of cases awaiting a resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a total of 297,551 at the end of September 2011. See more...
ICE Targets Fewer Criminals in Deportation Proceedings
(05 Dec 2011) New findings, data and accompanying web-based data tools -- updated through September 2011 -- are being released this week as part of TRAC's new report series allowing the public to monitor Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the nation's Immigration Courts. See more...
Criminal Prosecutions for Financial Institution Fraud Continue to Fall
(15 Nov 2011) Federal criminal prosecutions for financial institution fraud have continued their downward slide despite the financial troubles reported in this sector. See more...
TRAC Webinar series: Tracking ICE Prosecutorial Discretion
(14 Nov 2011) TRAC has launched a bundle of new report series, with accompanying data tools and regular updates, which allow the public to monitor ICE's exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the Immigration Courts, as spelled out in Director John Morton's June 17, 2011 memorandum. See more...
September 2011 Sees SSA Disability Backlog Climb Ever Higher
(03 Nov 2011) Despite the Social Security Administration's longstanding goal of reducing the number of pending disability cases, very recent SSA data show that these matters continue to head in the opposite direction, reaching 771,318 by the end of September. See more...
Decline in Federal Prosecutions from ATF-Led Investigations
(24 Oct 2011) During the first ten months of FY 2011, federal prosecutions credited to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fallen almost 7 percent from the previous fiscal year. See more...
New Tools For Tracking ICE Prosecutorial Discretion
(21 Oct 2011) TRAC has launched a bundle of new report series, with accompanying data tools and regular updates, which allow the public to monitor ICE's exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the Immigration Courts, as spelled out in Director John Morton's June 17, 2011 memorandum. See more...
FOIA Court Challenges Up 27% in FY 2011
(04 Oct 2011) The recently completed 2011 fiscal year saw 378 court challenges to the withholding of information by the federal government, up 27% from the previous fiscal year, according to district court information compiled as part of the FOIA Project (http://www.foiaproject.org). See more...
Immigration Court Backlog Climbs, Yet Criminal Cases Fall
(14 Sep 2011) The number of cases awaiting a resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a total of 285,526 at the end of July 2011. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for June 2011 Released
(13 Sep 2011) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 15,178 for the month of June, according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
Decline Seen in DHS Deportation Proceedings of Terrorists and Criminals
(08 Sep 2011) An examination of millions of case-by-case records show that the overall number of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deportation proceedings in the Immigration Courts in the decade after 9/11 were up by almost one half (45%) -- from 1.6 million in the ten years before the attack to 2.3 million in the ten years since. See more...
SSA Pending Disability Cases Continue to Climb
(22 Aug 2011) Despite the Social Security Administration's long standing goal of reducing the number of pending disability cases, very recent SSA data show that these matters continue to head in the opposite direction and climbed to 746,712 at the end of June. See more...
Health Care Fraud Prosecutions Up Sharply in FY 2011
(17 Aug 2011) Very timely Justice Department data show that during the first eight months of FY 2011, the rate of federal prosecutions for health care fraud is up 85 percent over the previous year. See more...
Immigration Court Decision Times Growing Longer in FY 2011
(28 Jul 2011) During the first six months of FY 2011, decision times continued to climb in cases disposed of by the Immigration Courts, according to timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Immigration Continues to Top Federal Prosecutions
(19 Jul 2011) A total of 15,173 Federal criminal prosecutions were recorded as being filed during April 2011, according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
Latest Data on Asylum Decisions by Immigration Court Judges
(14 Jul 2011) Very timely information about the asylum decisions of 233 individual judges in the nation's special Immigration Courts is now available in a newly updated application developed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
TRAC Defends SSA Findings
(11 Jul 2011) The Social Security Administration's (SSA) critical response to a July 4 report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) ignored the body of evidence presented by TRAC about systematic and hard-to-explain disparities within the SSA's court system. See more...
Social Security Administration Disparities Extensive, Overall Problem Increasing
(04 Jul 2011) A new and very detailed analysis of close to two million Social Security Administration (SSA) cases has found extensive and hard to explain disparities in the granting and denial of disability benefits. See more...
Government Falters in Effort to Reduce Massive Backlog of Disability Hearings
(20 Jun 2011) Very recent government data show that a concerted effort by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to reduce a massive and growing backlog in individuals awaiting a hearing on their requests for disability payments is faltering. See more...
Illegal Reentry Becomes Top Criminal Charge
(10 Jun 2011) Very timely Justice Department data show that during the first half of FY 2011 prosecutions for the crime of illegal reentry -- when Title 8, Section 1326 was the lead charge -- made up just under one quarter of all federal prosecutions and nearly half of all immigration prosecutions in the first half of FY 2011. See more...
New Judge Hiring Fails to Stem Rising Immigration Case Backlog
(07 Jun 2011) Despite the hiring of 44 additional immigration judges during the past twelve months, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has continued to grow. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for February 2011 Released
(17 May 2011) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 13,092 for the month of February according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
Weapons Prosecutions Decline to Lowest Level in a Decade
(18 Apr 2011) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during January 2011 the government reported 484 new weapons prosecutions, the lowest level since January 2001. See more...
IRS Global High Wealth Taxpayer Program Lags
(14 Apr 2011) Very timely data from the IRS shows that a new agency program to investigate how well or poorly high wealth individuals are complying with the nation's tax laws has gotten off to a very slow start. See more...
ICE Resists Abiding by Supreme Court FOIA Ruling
(05 Apr 2011) TRAC has sent a memorandum to the Executive Office of the President and the Office of Government Information Services concerning the refusal of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to abide by the Supreme Court's March 7 ruling in Milner v. Department of the Navy. See more...
New Website Tracks FOIA Withholding Challenges
(30 Mar 2011) Syracuse, NY -- Details about every new court challenge to the withholding of information by the Obama Administration are now available on a new website developed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
South Florida Leads Nation in Mortgage Fraud Prosecutions
(24 Mar 2011) Since FY 2008, when the Department of Justice began tracking the category, through the first quarter of FY 2011, just over half of federal mortgage fraud prosecutions -- 1,038 out of a total of 2,015 nationally -- were filed in only ten of the nation's 90-plus districts, according to timely data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
New tools provide updates on IRS audits and criminal enforcement
(14 Mar 2011) In anticipation of April 15, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) today posted updates to much of its data on the Internal Revenue Service. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for November 2010 Released
(17 Feb 2011) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 12,494 for the month of November according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
Immigration Case Backlog Still Growing in FY 2011
(07 Feb 2011) Despite the recent hiring of additional immigration judges, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has continued to grow. See more...
Federal Enforcement Shifts Under President Obama
(02 Feb 2011) A detailed analysis of Justice Department and other records has found that criminal enforcement under President Obama is significantly different than it was during the last two years of the Bush Administration. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for September 2010 Released
(20 Jan 2011) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 13,916 for the month of September according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for August 2010 Released
(15 Nov 2010) Federal criminal prosecutions totaled 13,122 for the month of August according to the most recent data released by the Department of Justice. See more...
ICE Seeks to Deport the Wrong People
(09 Nov 2010) Immigration Court judges are rejecting a large and growing number of cases where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sought to deport people from the United States, according to TRAC's analysis of very recent government data. See more...
As FY 2010 Ends, Immigration Case Backlog Still Growing
(21 Oct 2010) The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all time high of 261,083 matters by the end of September 2010, according to an analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Water Pollution Convictions Down Under Obama
(13 Oct 2010) During the first two years of the Obama administration, federal criminal convictions for water pollution remain lower than any year since the first Clinton administration. See more...
ICE Declares That Key Data It Holds Are "Unavailable"
(04 Oct 2010) The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) today charged Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of illegally preventing the public from obtaining information that would show what the government is doing and not doing to enforce federal immigration laws. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for June 2010 Released
(15 Sep 2010) Federal criminal prosecutions remain at near-record levels, totaling 15,857 for the month of June according to the most recent figures released by the Department of Justice. See more...
Asylum Denial Rate Drops to Twenty-Five Year Low
(02 Sep 2010) Very timely Justice Department data show that Immigration Judges are declining substantially fewer requests for asylum. See more...
Federal Prosecutions in Arizona Hit Record High
(17 Aug 2010) Federal prosecutions in Arizona during the first eight months of FY 2010 were up by 26% over the same period last year and nearly double what they were FY 2008, the last year of the Bush Administration. See more...
Immigration Case Backlog Continues to Grow
(12 Aug 2010) The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all time high of 247,922 matters by the middle of June 2010, according to an analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
ICE Deporting More Noncitizens Than In Bush Years
(02 Aug 2010) For some months now, Republican figures including Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have repeatedly criticized the Obama Administration for not enforcing federal immigration laws. See more...
Immigration Prosecutions Return to Highs of Bush Era
(15 Jul 2010) According to the most recent figures released by the Department of Justice, in recent months U.S. federal criminal immigration prosecutions by the two largest investigative agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have increased to levels seen during the last months of the Bush administration. See more...
Immigration Prosecutions Once More on the Rise
(15 Jun 2010) After several months of moderation, U.S. federal immigration prosecutions have returned to the high levels of last summer. See more...
TRACFED Judge Data Updated through February 2010
(10 Jun 2010) TRAC has just completed a major update to its information about federal judges. See more...
Immigration Case Backlog Continues to Grow
(24 May 2010) The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all time high of 242,776 matters at the end of March 2010, according to an analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Federal Terrorism Enforcement Takes a New Course
(18 May 2010) The dramatic post 9/11 surge in prosecutions that the government categorized as terrorism has undergone a four-fold decline, according to an analysis of timely Justice Department data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. See more...
Treasury Ignores FOIA Despite Obama Open Government Initiative
(05 May 2010) The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has accused the Treasury Department unit that processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with secretly withholding government records about how it handles FOIA matters. See more...
Drug Prosecutions Surge in the Southwest
(19 Apr 2010) Federal prosecutors along the Southwest border with Mexico -- many already strained by the rise in their immigration caseloads -- are facing a new challenge: how to handle a sharp jump in drug cases. See more...
IRS Turns Away From Auditing Big Business
(12 Apr 2010) A special new TRAC report -- based on data extracted from the IRS under the Freedom of Information Act -- shows that in the face of growing federal deficits the agency's audits of the nation's largest corporations have sharply dropped in the last few years. See more...
New TRAC Report on the IRS
(31 Mar 2010) The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) today posted the latest edition of its annual report on the operations of the Internal Revenue Service. A special feature of this year's report is TRAC's Taxpayer Returns app, a sophisticated new research application that allows all Americans to easily examine the kinds of income flowing to the taxpayers in every state and the more than 3,000 counties in the nation. See more...
Agency Demands $111,930 For Database Description
(18 Mar 2010) The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) filed a protest today with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The protest objects to a demand that the university-based data research organization pay the agency $111,930 for a description of the information in one of its databases. See more...
Criminal Immigration Prosecutions Are Down, But Trends Differ by Offense
(17 Mar 2010) The latest case-by-case data from the Justice Department show that the rate of criminal immigration prosecutions the government reported during the first three months of FY 2010 is down by 8.8 percent compared to quarterly figures for last year. See more...
Backlogged Immigration Matters Climb, Details by Court Location and Nationality
(11 Mar 2010) Pending cases backlogged in the nation's Immigration Courts reached an all time high of 228,421 matters in the first months of FY 2010, according to an analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog was up 23% since the end of FY 2008 and 82% from ten years ago. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for November 2009
(17 Feb 2010) The latest case-by-case data from the Justice Department show that in November 2009 (the second month of fiscal year 2010) the government reported 11,816 new prosecutions. See more...
Detention of Criminal Aliens: What Has Congress Bought?
(11 Feb 2010) A new TRAC study -- based on the analysis of hundreds of thousands of records obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and an examination of its budget -- explores the changes in ICE's enforcement record since the beginning of FY 2005, when Congress drastically increased the agency's funding for the apprehension and detention of criminal aliens. See more...
Immigration Enforcement Drives FY 2009 Prosecutions To All-time High
(21 Dec 2009) The latest Justice Department data show that federal prosecutions reached an all time high in FY 2009. The surge was driven by a sharp increase in immigration filings. See more...
ICE Detainee Population Doubles, Individual Transfers Climb Even Faster
(02 Dec 2009) The number of individuals held in hundreds of different detention facilities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the just-ended fiscal year (2009) is estimated to have reached 369,483, more than twice what it was in FY 1999. See more...
TRAC Seeks Retraction From DOJ
(19 Oct 2009) In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, TRAC today asked the Justice Department to retract a department statement about our recent report on the government's troubled terrorism enforcement activities. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for July 2009
(14 Oct 2009) The latest case-by-case data from the Justice Department show that in July 2009 the government reported 14,706 new prosecutions. See more...
Federal Agencies Can't Agree on Who is a Terrorist
(27 Sep 2009) The federal government remains baffled by the question of who should be prosecuted as a terrorist and who should not. The continuing confusion on this key point -- eight years after the 9/11 attacks -- has at the same time weakened national security and undermined civil liberties. See more...
Immigration Prosecutions at Record Levels in FY 2009
(21 Sep 2009) The latest case-by-case data obtained from the Justice Department for the first nine months of FY 2009 indicates that the prosecution of federal immigration cases has continued to surge in the Obama Administration. See more...
ICE Criminal Prosecutions Continue to Rise Under Obama
(21 Aug 2009) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during May 2009 the government reported 2,147 new prosecutions that had been referred by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 18.9% over the previous month. See more...
Criminal Enforcement Data Show FBI Improvements
(27 Jul 2009) Case-by-case information from the federal prosecutors indicates that the Federal Bureau of Investigations has improved selected aspects of its criminal enforcement efforts during the last five years. See more...
Immigration Enforcement Under Obama Returns to Bush-Era Highs
(21 Jul 2009) Very timely Justice Department data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) show that immigration enforcement under the Obama Administration is returning to the unusually high levels that were reached under President Bush. See more...
Sotomayor -- Tough on white-collar crime
(08 Jul 2009) A first-of-its kind analysis of the sentences imposed by Judge Sonia Sotomayor during her six years as a federal trial judge shows that she was more likely than her colleagues to send a person to prison, particularly those convicted as white collar criminals. Read this new TRAC report at
http://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/judge/213
The new findings about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee are based on an examination by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of the records concerning more than 7,000 cases handled by the 52 federal judges who served in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) from FY 1993 to FY 1998. See more...
After Three Years, Reforms to U.S. Immigration Courts Still Not Completed
(30 Jun 2009) A broad three-year Justice Department project to make the Immigrations Courts fairer and more effective has not achieved many of its specific goals, according to a point-by-point analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

The partial failure of the ambitious project started by the Bush Administration in August 2006 leaves many problems for the Obama Administration and Congress to confront. See more...

Immigration Courts Show Decline in Judge-by-Judge Asylum Disparities
(22 Jun 2009) A detailed analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of hundreds of thousands of records obtained from the Immigration Courts has determined that there has been a decrease in the hard-to-explain disparities in the rate at which judges issue denials in asylum matters. See more...
Still Not Enough Judges to Handle Increasing Immigration Backlog
(18 Jun 2009) A special new report from TRAC has determined that the failure to increase immigration judges -- promised by the Bush Administration in the summer of 2006 -- contributed to a substantial jump in the number of backlogged cases in the Immigration Courts. See more...
DEA Prison Rates Vary Across U.S.
(08 Jun 2009) In cases where the DEA is the lead investigative agency, there are significant geographic variations in the rates at which individuals convicted of criminal offenses get sent to prison. See more...
Immigration still driving prosecutions upward
(29 May 2009) After several months of declines since reaching all-time highs in September, new immigration prosecutions in February were up 22% from the previous month. See more...
Government Regulatory Prosecutions At Nine-Year Low
(27 Apr 2009) The latest case-by-case data from the Justice Department show that in January 2009 there were 129 new prosecutions for government regulatory matters, fewer than in any month since May 2000. See more...
New Data Show IRS Downgraded Large Financial Services Audits
(09 Apr 2009) Newly released data from the IRS show that only 15% of large financial services companies -- those with $250 million or more in assets -- were audited in 2008, compared with 64% of all other similar sized corporations. See more...
Targeting of Corporate Audits Questionable
(06 Apr 2009) By many measures, financial service firms -- banks, investment advisors, insurance companies, etc. -- dominate the corporate world in the United States, and account for three-quarters of the tax returns filed by all large corporations. Despite the overwhelming importance of this now very troubled segment of the U.S. economy, however, the IRS in FY 2008 only allocated 15% of its corporate revenue agents to the agency group with the special expertise for auditing large financial service corporations. See more...
Income Gap Widens Between America's Richest and Poorest Counties
(30 Mar 2009) According to TRAC's analysis of the latest available tax information, the income gap between the nation's richest and poorest counties continues to widen. See more...
IRS Audit Rate for Millionaires Nosedives
(23 Mar 2009) The IRS audit rate for millionaires plummeted in the just-ended fiscal year, according to agency data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for December 2008
(18 Mar 2009) The latest case-by-case data from the Justice Department show that in December 2008 the government reported 13,457 new prosecutions. See more...
TRAC Challenges Government Privacy Claim
(16 Mar 2009) As part of its ongoing efforts to obtain information on the workings of the U.S. Federal Government, TRAC has asked the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to reverse its decision withholding government organizational information on the grounds that the release would violate the privacy of individual employees. See more...
U.S. Federal Terrorism Prosecutions Reach A New Low
(27 Feb 2009) The latest case-by-case information from the Justice Department show that in the final months of the Bush Administration new prosecutions for internal security and terrorism matters were far lower than they had been at any time since 9/11/01. See more...
Federal Funds Updated Through FY 2007
(13 Feb 2009) The TRACFED website has been updated with the latest available information on federal expenditures. See more...
Immigration Cases Drive Federal Prosecutions to New High in FY 2008
(12 Jan 2009) An unusually large surge in immigration prosecutions in the last months of FY 2008 means that the annual count of such filings more than quadrupled during the Bush Administration, according the latest available data from the Justice Department. See more...
Federal Prosecution Data for August 2008
(25 Nov 2008) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that in August 2008 the government reported 13,566 new prosecutions. See more...
DOJ Now Tracking Criminal Mortgage Fraud Cases
(15 Oct 2008) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that for the first ten months of FY 2008, the federal government reported filing 151 criminal mortgage fraud cases. See more...
IRS Finally Releases Audit Data to TRAC
(09 Oct 2008) After flouting a series of court orders for over two years, the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday turned over to TRAC thousands of pages of agency statistics on audits of all types, including individual, corporate, partnership and S corporation audits. See more...
IRS White Collar Crime Prosecutions Through June 2008
(06 Oct 2008) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first nine months of fiscal 2008 the government reported 609 new white collar crime prosecutions referred by the IRS. If this activity continues at the same pace, the annual total of prosecutions will be 812 for this fiscal year. See more...
TRAC Co-Director Testifies On DOJ Failures to Implement Immigration Court Reforms
(23 Sep 2008) Dr. Susan B. Long, TRAC co-director and Associate Professor of Managerial Statistics at Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management, testified before a Congressional Subcommittee on immigration matters on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. See more...
Federal Prosecutions Climb in FY 2008
(16 Sep 2008) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that for the first nine months of FY 2008, the federal government reported 111,874 prosecutions, a marked increase over the previous year. See more...
The "April Effect" — IRS Prosecutions Timed for Tax Season
(08 Sep 2008) As tax season approaches each year, the number of news stories on tax prosecutions seems to grow. See more...
Administration's Project to Improve Immigration Courts Lags
(08 Sep 2008) A new special report from TRAC has determined that key parts of a 22-point Bush Administration plan to make the Immigration Courts work in a fairer and more effective way have not been implemented. See more...
More Guilty Verdicts for ATF
(28 Aug 2008) According to enforcement data provided TRAC by the Justice Department, the percentage of cases referred for prosecution by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that resulted in a conviction increased to 62% in FY 2007, up from just 46.2% five years ago. See more...
Immigration Prosecution Surge Fueled by Border Enforcement
(15 Aug 2008) The latest available data from the Justice Department show that new prosecutions by Customs and Border Protection during the first eight months of FY 2008 have soared. See more...
Study Finds Fewer Immigration Judges, Even Though DOJ Promised More
(28 Jul 2008) Despite a Justice Department promise to seek funds for a substantial increase in Immigration Judges, the number of these judges today is below what it was in 2006, according to a special new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Update On Immigration Judge Asylum Decisions
(21 Jul 2008) New reports on the nation's 200-plus immigration judges are now available. The reports, covering how the judges decided asylum matters in the FY 2002 to FY 2007 period, are based on tens of thousands of very detailed records obtained and analyzed by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act. See more...
Immigration Overshadows All Other Administration Enforcement Efforts
(17 Jul 2008) Immigration cases continue to heavily dominate federal enforcement efforts, making up well over half -- 58% -- of all federal prosecutions in April, according to timely data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). See more...
Wide Geographic Variations in DEA Sentences
(09 Jul 2008) The sentences imposed on individuals convicted in cases where the DEA was identified as the lead investigative agency vary widely in different parts of the country, according to Justice Department data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. See more...
FBI Prosecution Rates Vary Widely Around the Country
(23 Jun 2008) In FY 2007, federal prosecutors across the United States ended up filing criminal charges in slightly more than half -- 55% -- of the matters recommended for such action by the FBI. But according to Justice Department data obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act, there was a wide district-to-district variation in the proportion of FBI referrals that resulted in an actual filing. See more...
Judge Orders IRS to Turn Over Data
(18 Jun 2008) In an important FOIA decision, Judge Marsha Pechman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has ruled against the IRS in a case that in fact goes back to the mid-1970s. See more...
Surge in Immigration Prosecutions Continues
(17 Jun 2008) Federal immigration prosecutions continued their recent and highly unusual surge in March 2008, apparently reaching an all-time high, according to timely data obtained from the Justice Department by TRAC. The total of 9,350 such prosecutions was up by almost 50% from the previous month and 73% from the previous year. See more...
TRAC offers new ways to look at federal laws
(03 Jun 2008) TRAC has just added a unique new feature for displaying all the U.S. statutes cited by federal prosecutors as the primary charge in their prosecutions and convictions. See more...
Immigration Convictions Surge in February 2008
(22 May 2008) Federal convictions in February 2008 resulting from immigration matters jumped to the highest point in recent history, according to timely data from the Justice Department. See more...
TRACFED Data Warehouse Service Interruption
(06 May 2008) TRAC's offices have moved! And now we're moving our servers to our new server facility. See more...
Immigration Prosecutions Reach Record High
(30 Apr 2008) In January 2008, there were 4,739 federal prosecutions classified as immigration matters, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. See more...
IRS Audits of Largest Corporations Plunge to Historic Low
(13 Apr 2008) A special new report shows that the audit rate for corporations with $250 million or more in assets has dropped to its lowest point in the last 20 years. See more...
Tax Analysts and TRAC team up for IRS report series
(07 Apr 2008) Tax Analysts and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) announced today that they have joined forces to provide tax practitioners and lawyers a new kind of information about the activities of the IRS, including the auditing of returns, the collection of taxes, and the enforcement of tax laws. See more...
Environmental Prosecutions Trending Downward
(02 Apr 2008) In December 2007, there were 20 federal prosecutions of environmental law, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. See more...
Twenty Year Federal Enforcement Trends
(06 Mar 2008) A new TRAC study, based on our analysis of 6.8 million Justice Department records spanning the last twenty years, shows that when immigration matters are put aside, referrals for prosecution from other federal investigative agencies in relation to population have declined. See more...
IRS Flouts Court Orders
(11 Feb 2008) The Internal Revenue Service, defying three court orders, continues to withhold crucial statistical data the public needs to judge how the agency is enforcing the nation's tax laws. See more...
You Can Help TRAC
(10 Dec 2007) As we come to the end of another year, we at TRAC would like to thank you for your past support and ask for your continued help. See more...
Child Pornography Prosecutions Down by Half
(07 Dec 2007) In August 2007, there were 62 federal prosecutions of child pornography, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. See more...
Federal Spending Cooled Off in FY 2005
(27 Nov 2007) The Federal Funds information in the TRACFED Data Warehouse has been updated through the end of FY 2005, the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Department's consolidated federal funds reporting program. See more...
A New Way to Look at Terrorism Enforcement
(08 Nov 2007) A special new TRAC terrorism page features a unique national map displaying the location of recent federal convictions for all individuals who have been categorized by the Justice Department as spies or terrorists, or those whose prosecution the government thought might prevent or disrupt potential or actual terrorist threats. See more...
White Collar Crime Prosecutions Lowest in Twenty Years
(01 Nov 2007) In July 2007, there were 434 federal prosecutions of white collar crime, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. See more...
What Kind of DOJ Would Mukasey Lead?
(15 Oct 2007) If Michael Mukasey is confirmed as attorney general, he will preside over a Justice Department that brings a substantially different mix of federal prosecutions than when President Bush came into the White House in January of 2001. See more...
Government's Long-Term Drug Enforcement Effort Slumps
(09 Oct 2007) A total of 1,914 federal narcotics/drug prosecutions were filed in June of 2007. See more...
Updated Reports on Individual Immigration Judges
(24 Sep 2007) Along with the release of a report on asylum decisions, TRAC is providing an updated system for examining the record of more than 200 immigration judges. See more...
Massive Immigration Court asylum disparities persist, regardless of court location or nationality
(24 Sep 2007) From New York to Miami, from Los Angeles to Boston, from Chicago to Houston and in many cities in between, new government data show that extensive and hard-to-explain disparities have persisted in how immigration judges are deciding the thousands of asylum requests they rule on each year. See more...
Child Pornography Prosecutions Down in May 2007
(11 Sep 2007) Only 70 new federal criminal prosecutions of child pornography were filed in May 2007, a decline of 12.5% from the previous month, and down over 41% from a year ago. The number of such prosecutions, which had been generally rising until 2005, is now lower than it was five years ago -- down 1.5%. See more...
Gonzales Resignation Provides Focus for DOJ Enforcement Record
(27 Aug 2007) After months of controversy, Attorney General Gonzales has announced his resignation. For comprehensive and very timely information about how the federal government enforced the law during the Bush Administration and how that compares with previous administrations See more...
TRAC Adds New Search Tools
(01 Aug 2007) TRAC has just made it a little easier to find, track and share information in our warehouse of federal criminal enforcement data. See more...
Federal Criminal Prosecutions Surged in March 2007
(29 Jun 2007) Federal criminal prosecutions in March of 2007 jumped to 10,286 -- 22% over the level in the previous month. See more...
Federal Corruption Prosecutions Down
(18 Jun 2007) In February 2007, the government reports it filed official corruption charges against 37 individuals, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. See more...
Study Finds Gap Between What DHS Does and What it Says
(29 May 2007) A new TRAC study, based on the analysis of millions of records from the Immigration Courts and the Justice Department, has found that the terrorism enforcement actions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) do not appear to match the claims made in the agency's official statements. See more...
White Collar Crime Prosecutions Lowest in Five Years
(10 May 2007) In January 2007, there were 490 federal prosecutions of white collar crime, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. Filings in this category are down 13% from the previous month, reaching their lowest level in the last five years. See more...
New edition of TRAC's IRS Web Site
(12 Apr 2007) New edition of TRAC's IRS Web Site, released April 12, 2007, finds that revenue agents are spending more and more time conducting face-to-face corporate audits that produce no revenue. See more...
Wyoming Leads in Federal Drug, Weapons Convictions
(04 Apr 2007) We've just updated our Bulletins page with the latest federal criminal enforcement data from the Justice Department. See more...
TRAC's Terrorism Report
(21 Mar 2007) TRAC's Terrorism Report, released March 21, 2007, shows that while criminal cases against those the government has classified as international terrorists are sharply down, surprisingly different trends can be seen in the prosecution of domestic terrorists and individuals involved in terrorism-related financial schemes. See more...
Terrorism Enforcement Trends -- International, Domestic and Financial
(20 Mar 2007) Analysis of timely case-by-case Justice Department data shows that while criminal cases against those the government has classified as international terrorists are sharply down, surprisingly different trends can be seen in the prosecution of domestic terrorists and individuals involved in terrorism-related financial schemes. See more...
Immigration Prosecutions Down From A Year Ago
(13 Mar 2007) Very timely monthly data available at http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/ on our special immigration site show that criminal immigration charges by federal prosecutors have substantially declined in the last year. See more...
Federal Drug Prosecutions Reach Five Year Low
(02 Mar 2007) Federal narcotic and drug prosecutions continue to decline, according to timely criminal enforcement data from the Justice Department. See more...
FY 2006 Criminal Data Available
(08 Feb 2007) TRACFED data on criminal enforcement activity has been updated to include all of FY 2006 and is now available to TRACFED subscribers. See more...
Major new offerings from TRAC
(06 Feb 2007) For several months, TRAC has offered on its public website at http://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/bulletins/ very timely month-by-month reports and data tracking changes in the government's enforcement activities against white collar criminals, illegal drug peddlers, immigration violators and unlawful gun users and dealers. See more...
New Data on the Processing of So-called Aggravated Felons
(08 Jan 2007) Data recently obtained by TRAC from the DOJ and the DHS provide new insights about a complex, obscure and in some cases controversial procedure under which an estimated 300,000 non-citizens have been deported from the US in the last decade and a half after being categorized as "aggravated felons." See more...
New edition of TRAC's FBI Web Site
(06 Nov 2006) New edition of TRAC's FBI Web Site was released Monday, November 6, 2006. See more...
TRAC's Terrorism Report
(04 Sep 2006) TRAC's Terrorism Report, released September 4, 2006, shows that the government's prosecution of international terrorist suspects has sharply declined in the last few years. See more...
TRAC's Immigration Judges report
(31 Jul 2006) TRAC's Immigration Judges report, released July 31, 2006, shows vast differences in the rate at which the nation's 200-plus immigration judges decline hundreds of thousands of applications for asylum in the United States. See more...
TRAC Sues Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(10 May 2006) TRAC filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security in federal court asking that it order the accelerated production of information that TRAC had previously sought from ICE under the Freedom of Information Act. Through these FOIA requests, TRAC hopes to obtain specific unpublished information regarding non-citizens with criminal arrests or convictions. Read the announcement for further discussion and links to the full text of the complaint and motion.
TRAC's Privacy Policy
(19 Apr 2006) TRAC's Privacy Policy was updated April 19, 2006 to reflect the new use of persistent cookies in order to get more accurate counts of page visits. See more...
TRAC launched its Immigration Web Site
(04 Apr 2006) TRAC launched its Immigration Web Site April 4, 2006. See more...
TRAC Director Prevails in Lawsuit Against IRS Secrecy
(04 Apr 2006) A federal court has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to turn over extensive statistical information to Susan Long, the co-director of TRAC and a professor at Syracuse University. See more...
Federal Judges Updated Through FY 2005
(28 Feb 2006) TRAC's criminal processing records of individual Federal Judges have now been updated through all twelve months of FY 2005. See more...
Federal Funds Updated Through FY 2004
(07 Feb 2006) The Federal Funds layer is now updated through the end of FY 2004. See more...
Major new offerings in TRAC Bulletins
(06 Feb 2006) Major new offerings in TRAC Bulletins were released Tuesday, February 6, 2006. See more...
Criminal Enforcement Updated Through FY 2005
(31 Jan 2006) TRACFED Criminal Enforcement data have been updated to include all of FY 2005. See more...
Major Update to Federal Judges
(17 Oct 2005) TRAC has just completed a major update to its information about Federal Judges. Through a multi-year research project, additional data have been gathered from numerous data bases as well as from telephone calls to individual districts and district courts. See more...
TRAC Report on Criminal Enforcement Changes in the Bush Years
(28 Sep 2005) TRAC Report on Criminal Enforcement Changes in the Bush Years released September 28, 2005. See more...
TRAC Report on Immigration Enforcement
(24 Aug 2005) TRAC Report on Immigration Enforcement was released on August 24, 2005. See more...
TRAC co-directors filed suit against the IRS
(14 Apr 2005) TRAC co-directors filed suit against the IRS on April 14, 2005. The IRS is illegally withholding information about its operations, claiming that the public release of some of it would compromise homeland security. See more...
New edition of our IRS Web Site
(11 Apr 2005) New edition of our IRS Web Site was released Monday, April 11, 2005. See more...
TRACFED Search Function Added
(28 Feb 2005) A whole new easy-to-use method for accessing the masses of data in TRACFED was installed on Monday, February 28. See more...
Federal Funds Updated Through FY 2003
(26 Oct 2004) The Federal Funds layer is now updated through the end of FY 2003. See more...
An update to our FBI Web Site
(11 Aug 2004) An update to our FBI Web Site was released Tuesday, August 11, 2004. See more...
Federal Prosecutors Function Upgraded
(04 Aug 2004) TRAC has added more details to the Salary tool for Federal Prosecutors and the High Income Federal Employees tool. See more...
We redesigned the home page of TRAC's public site
(16 Jul 2004) We redesigned the home page of TRAC's public site on July 16, 2004 to reflect the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and other post-9/11/2001 initiatives that resulted in many changes in federal agency alignments. See more...
Federal Staffing Updated Through 1Q FY 2004
(09 Jul 2004) Federal Staffing data have been updated through the first quarter of FY 2004 and are now available using the Analyzer tool.
Express and Going Deeper Updated
(10 Jun 2004) The Civil Express and Going Deeper tools have now been updated through the end of FY 2003. See more...
Federal Staffing FY 2003 Data in Going Deeper and Express
(04 Jun 2004) Federal Staffing data for the FY 2003 year-end are now available using the Going Deeper and Express tools. The data have been available in Analyzer since 03.22.04.

TRACFED's Community Context layer has been updated to include the recently released 2002 census data.
New edition of our IRS Web Site
(12 Apr 2004) New edition of our IRS Web Site was released Monday, April 12, 2004. The IRS Lags in Business Enforcement. See more...
Federal Staffing Updated Through FY 2003
(22 Mar 2004) Federal Staffing data for the FY 2003 year-end are now available in Analyzer. See more...
Prosecutors Contrast Function Updated
(19 Mar 2004) Prosecutors Express Contrast function is now available for FY 2003 for both Criminal and Civil data.
First Quarter FY 2004 Data Available
(08 Mar 2004) TRAC's ongoing FIOA efforts have allowed us to make data available in a very timely manner. See more...
Judges Contrast Function Updated
(27 Feb 2004) Judges Express Contrast function is now available for FY 2003 for both Criminal and Civil data.
Sentencing Details Added to Criminal Data
(12 Jan 2004) TRAC has added new details about sentencing to the Criminal area. See more...
Year-End FY 2003 Data in Criminal Going Deeper
(15 Dec 2003) As a result of TRAC's ongoing FOIA efforts, year-end FY 2003 data are now available with the Criminal Going Deeper tool.
TRAC Report on Terrorism Enforcement
(08 Dec 2003) TRAC Report on Terrorism Enforcement in the two years since 9/11 was released Monday, December 8, 2003. See more...
Federal Staffing Analyzer Improved
(31 Oct 2003) Major improvements have been made to the data selection process for Federal Staffing Analyzer. Comprehensive menus are now available for search fields, eliminating the need to enter lists of specific codes. In addition, when creating your data slice, you can now combine data from one or more states (or districts or counties) as well as occupations, agencies and pay grades.
Criminal Express Updated Through FY 2003
(28 Oct 2003) Criminal Express annual and monthly series data have now been updated through year-end FY 2003 (September 2003).
Judges and Prosecutors Updated Through FY 2003
(24 Oct 2003) Express criminal and civil data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through year-end FY 2003 (September 2003). Criminal Analyzer and Civil Analyzer data have been updated through September 2003 as well.
Criminal Express Monthly Series Improved
(19 Sep 2003) Trend graphs for our Criminal Express monthly series have been improved and are now easier to read. See more...
Criminal Express Updated
(28 Aug 2003) Criminal Express monthly series data have now been updated through July 2003.
Judges and Prosecutors Updated Through July 2003
(26 Aug 2003) Express criminal and civil data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through July 2003. Criminal Analyzer and Civil Analyzer data have been updated through July 2003 as well.
TRAC Report on Homeland Security
(25 Aug 2003) TRAC Report on Homeland Security was released Monday, August 25, 2003. See more...
Judges and Prosecutors Updated Through June 2003
(01 Aug 2003) Express criminal and civil data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through June 2003. Criminal Analyzer, Civil Analyzer and Criminal Express monthly series data have been updated through June 2003 as well.
Judges and Prosecutors Updated Through May 2003
(21 Jul 2003) Express criminal and civil data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through May 2003. Criminal Analyzer, Civil Analyzer and Criminal Express monthly series data have been updated through May 2003 as well.
TRACFED
(08 Jul 2003) During the last month or so, we have added several new features to TRACFED. Considered together these new features further enhance TRAC's unique subscription site that for several years has been helping news organizations, congressional committees, public interest groups, law schools and even federal agencies understand what the government actually is doing. See more...
Staffing Data Updated
(23 May 2003) The Federal Staffing database has been updated through the end of FY 2002 (September 2002). This is reflected in the Staffing Express, Going Deeper and Analyzer tools.
Greater Detail in Criminal Analyzer
(22 May 2003) As promised, much greater detail is now available on each criminal case through the Criminal Analyzer List function as well as Express criminal data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors. Dozens of new items can be displayed on a case-by-case basis, including information on each charge filed in court followed to its ultimate disposition. See more...
New edition of our ATF Web Site
(19 May 2003) New edition of our ATF Web Site was released Monday, May 19, 2003. Agency referrals for gun prosecutions have almost tripled in recent years, sharply up from their 1997 low. See more...
Federal Judges and Prosecutors Updated Through March 2003
(16 May 2003) Express criminal data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through March 2003. Criminal Analyzer data have been updated through March 2003 as well.
Civil Express Updated Through FY 2002
(06 May 2003) The Civil Express tool now has been updated through the end of FY 2002. Data through February 2003 can be obtained using the Analyzer tool, which receives monthly updates.
Criminal Analyzer Upgraded
(02 May 2003) TRACFED's Criminal Analyzer has been upgraded with a set of pop-up menus which allow you to select from a list of over 3000 lead charges, organized by title and section.

Also, Criminal Express monthly series data have now been updated through February, 2003.
Federal Judges and Prosecutors Updated
(25 Apr 2003) Express civil data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through February 2003. See more...
Criminal Going Deeper Enhanced
(24 Apr 2003) Much greater detail now available on each criminal case through Criminal Going Deeper. Now available for the first time dozens of new items including information on each charge filed in court followed to its ultimate disposition. See more...
New edition of our IRS Web Site
(13 Apr 2003) New edition of our IRS Web Site was released Sunday, April 13, 2003. Justice department data show criminal enforcement of the tax laws has plummeted to an all-time low and the downward trend is continuing. See more...
Criminal Going Deeper Updated Through FY 2002
(24 Mar 2003) The Criminal Going Deeper tool now has been updated through the end of FY 2002.
Federal Judges Civil Data Updated
(21 Mar 2003) Express civil data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through January 2003. Civil Analyzer data have been updated through January 2003 as well.
Federal Judges and Prosecutors Updated
(17 Mar 2003) Express criminal data listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through January 2003. Criminal Analyzer data have been updated through January 2003 as well.
Federal Judges and Prosecutors Updated
(28 Feb 2003) Express criminal listings for Federal Judges and Federal Prosecutors are now updated through the first two months of FY 2003 (October and November 2002).

Criminal Analyzer data have also been updated through the first two months of FY 2003, plus you may now separately examine the criminal work of the U.S. Magistrate and U.S. District courts in your data slices. Criminal Analyzer has also received significant ease-of-use updates, making it simpler to select district, agency and program area through the use of pop-up menus.
Terrorism Enforcement in the 12 Months After 9/11
(13 Feb 2003) Terrorism Enforcement in the 12 Months After 9/11: There are today few problems confronting the federal government that equal the challenge of dealing with the threat of terrorism. See more...
How Federal Judges Stack Up
(04 Feb 2003) How Federal Judges Stack Up: A central goal of all courts is to assure that similarly situated defendants are treated in similar ways. See more...
Federal Judges Updated Through FY 2002
(04 Feb 2003) Updated information on federal district court judges (through the end of FY 2002) is available with the TRACFED Judges tool. A TRAC summary report focusing on the variations in sentencing for similarly situated defendents is also available.
Civil Enforcement Updated
(29 Jan 2003) Civil enforcement data have been updated through the end of fiscal year 2002 (September 2002). This updated information is available with the Analyzer tool on the Civil Enforcement layer.
Judging Federal Prosecutors
(24 Jan 2003) Judging Federal Prosecutors: New data on our TRACFED site (available January 24, 2003) gives subscribers an online way to examine the performance of individual assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAs) in office from FY 1986 to FY 2002. See more...
Criminal Enforcement
(22 Jan 2003) Criminal enforcement data have been updated through the end of fiscal year 2002 (September 2002). This updated information is available with the Express (annual series only) and Analyzer tools in the Criminal Enforcement layer.
Federal Judges
(02 Dec 2002) Information on federal district court judges has been updated through April 2002 (criminal) and July 2002 (civil). A new "contrast tool" provides greater flexibility to contrast and compare records of individual judges over a ten-year period for different types of cases. See the Federal Judges tool.
FOIA review
(15 Nov 2002) The Civil layer has been updated with FY 2002 data (through July). The Criminal layer has been updated through April 2002; the Department of Justice is withholding more recent data pending its ongoing FOIA review.
Federal Administrators
(27 Sep 2002) New to the People layer is a tool for determining the salary of high-income (over $100,000 per year) federal employees, the ones most likely to be able to exercise discretionary power over the operation of federal agencies like the Social Security Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of the Interior or the IRS. See more...
Terrorism Enforcement Update
(05 Sep 2002) Terrorism Enforcement Update: With the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, TRAC has posted a brief supplemental report with the latest available information on terrorism enforcement (September 5, 2002). The new report, providing data about the referrals and prosecutions reported by the Justice Department during April, adds another month to TRAC's previous terrorism coverage. See more...
Judging the Judges
(26 Aug 2002) Judging the Judges: A new service on our TRACFED subscription site (available August 26, 2002) lets users review the work of most federal district judges who served from FY 1968 to FY 2001. See more...
Release of New Data on Environmental Enforcement
(14 Aug 2002) Release of New Data on Environmental Enforcement: (August 14, 2002) TRAC just received eight new data tables from DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division. See more...
Federal prosecutors
(07 Aug 2002) Federal prosecutors: (August 7, 2002) After more than a two month delay, DOJ has released four tapes covering the activity through April 30, 2002 in the 94 U.S. Attorney Offices. See more...
Money Layer Updated Through FY 20001
(07 Aug 2002) Money layer on TRACFED updated with federal expenditures through end of FY 2001. See more...
Latest Federal Staffing Files Arrive
(06 Aug 2002) Latest Federal Staffing Files Arrive: (August 6, 2002) In response to a FOIA request, TRAC received 6 tapes containing latest Federal Staffing data — through March 31, 2002 — some 1.8 million records. See more...
TRAC Files for Summary Judgment on DOJ Data
(05 Aug 2002) TRAC Files for Summary Judgment on DOJ Data: (August 5, 2002) TRAC seeks a court order: to compel disclosure of lead charge information on referrals to federal prosecutors; to require release of identities of corporations and businesses involved in investigations U.S. attorneys decline to prosecute; to order disclosure of identifying details in asset forfeiture cases; and to order release of court docket details and agency tracking numbers. See more...
New edition of our INS Web Site
(29 Jul 2002) New edition of our INS Web Site was released Monday, July 29, 2002. This free service provides up-to-date information about how the INS is controlling U.S. borders, and how the agency has responded since 9/11. Also available is information about INS staffing, performance and district-by-district profiles. See more...
Community Context Update
(17 Jul 2002) Trends tool on community context layer now updated to give population tables and graphs covering 1970 through 2001, with details down to the county level.
Federal criminal enforcement
(28 Jun 2002) Additions to TRACFED Express: Now latest monthly series data (through March 31) on federal criminal enforcement allows examination of post 9/11 shifts in federal enforcement activities. See more...
New edition of our FBI Web Site
(17 Jun 2002) TRAC is releasing two new reports and has just added new data (through March 2002) to TRACFED. See more...
Major TRACFED Upgrade
(13 May 2002) TRAC has completed a major upgrade of its subscription site. See more...
New Release of IRS Data
(05 Apr 2002) New release of data on the Internal Revenue Service just added. Data embargoed until Monday, April 15 (6:30pm Sunday) release. See also TRAC's updated IRS public web site for new findings and analysis.
Community Context Layer
(11 Feb 2002) New trends tool have been added to the community context layer on TRACFED/FEDPROBE, which now features population by year complete from 1970 through 2000 for states, federal districts, and counties. See more...
TRAC Hardware Upgrade
(31 Jan 2002) The TRAC hardware platform received a major upgrade, with a resulting increase in system performance and capacity.
Criminal Enforcement Update
(20 Nov 2001) Data tracking criminal enforcement actions of the federal government through the first nine months of the Bush administration are now available to all TRAC subscribers. See more...
Federal Staffing Data Expanded
(02 Sep 2001) Federal Staffing greatly expanded (newsadvisory). Now includes over 25 years worth of data -- more than 50 million records -- over 100 gigabytes of information -- all at your fingertips. See more...
Federal Judges and Prosecutors Beta
(22 Aug 2001) Beta release of new databases on activity of federal judges and prosecutors. See more...
Civil Enforcement Express
(15 Aug 2001) Civil Enforcement layer now includes the Express tool for quick summary information and the analyzer tool for the creation of specialized data slices. See more...
Federal Funds Updated Through FY 2000
(02 Jul 2001) Federal Funds layer now updated through FY2000. See more...
New Release of IRS Data
(05 Apr 2001) New release of data on the Internal Revenue Service just added. IRS audits of individuals and corporations as well as collection and IRS staffing data updated thru fiscal year 2000. New trends tool to view how these numbers have changed over time. See more...
IRS Enforcement Declines
(16 Feb 2001) The IRS has made public summary information about its declining efforts to enforce the nation's tax laws in fiscal year 2000. For your convenience, these tables are now posted here. Much more detailed information about the agency's audit and collection activities will soon be available on this site.
Federal Funds
(25 Oct 2000) Federal Funds (Express) provides a unique new information service about all federal expenditures -- for both direct payments and for insurance programs and loans -- from 1993 to 1999. See more...
Criminal Enforcement Update
(11 Oct 2000) Criminal Enforcement (Express) now offers a new on-line research tool for comparing the criminal enforcement activities of the federal government during the Reagan, Bush and Clinton years. See more...
Significant Improvements
(30 Aug 2000) TRAC has just made two significant service improvements. The first gives you a whole new category of enforcement data that has never before been available. The second involves a sophisticated new research tool enhancing your ability to organize the criminal enforcement info according to your individual needs. See more...
Federal Staffing Analyzer, and Updates to Web Locker
(06 Jun 2000) Federal Staffing Analyzer has been released. See more...
Updates to IRS Audits, Community Context and Federal Staffing
(01 Apr 2000) New release of data on the Internal Revenue Service just added. IRS audits of individuals and corporations updated thru fiscal year 1999. See more...
Community Context Update
(23 Nov 1999) Age, race, gender and ethnicity data in Community Context has been updated. Series now includes county, state, and federal district data, including detailed rankings, from 1990 through 1998.
Federal Staffing Update
(13 Oct 1999) Federal Staffing Going Deeper (Beta Version) has been enhanced to include State and County data.
Community Context Update
(13 Sep 1999) Community Context Express has been enhanced to include census data on employment by occupation and industry, information on banking (number of branch banks and deposits), number of physicians, and urban versus rural population.
FY 1998 Data in Federal Staffing
(22 Jul 1999) Federal Staffing Going Deeper has been enhanced to include fiscal year 1998 data, and the historical series has been extended back through fiscal year 1992; thus, you can now select records from the past seven years (1992-1998).
FY 1998 Criminal Data in Express and Going Deeper
(18 Jul 1999) Criminal Enforcement Express and Going Deeper have been enhanced to include fiscal year 1998 data; you can now obtain either the last five years (1994-1998) or have tables display seven years (1992-1998).
Web Locker Update
(20 Jun 1999) Web Locker now has the capability to display the criteria used to generate a Data Slice by simply clicking on the Data Slice name.
FY 1998 Criminal Data in Analyzer
(19 Jun 1999) Criminal Enforcement Analyzer now has fiscal year 1998 data available with selections for multiple fiscal year criteria for 1992-1998 & 1994-1998.
Web Locker Update
(13 May 1999) Web Locker's monthly job run counts now include individual counts for Analyzer, Going Deeper as well as Express.

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