Because of concerns raised about the professionalism and conduct of certain Department of Justice (Justice) attorneys, as well as the process for holding them accountable to ethical standards, you asked us to provide information about certain aspects of the operations of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). OPR is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving Justice attorneys’ exercise of their authority to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice. On August 14, 2000, we issued a report on OPR operations in response to that request.1 As a follow-up to the August report, you asked that we provide you with information on seven specific issues relating to OPR operations.2 These questions dealt with the types of allegations, the sources of allegations, and the results of investigations that OPR conducted during fiscal years 1997 through the first half of 2000 for various categories of investigations; what information about findings of misconduct are placed in an attorney’s personnel folder and for how long; how many OPR investigations involved attorneys who had resigned or retired from Justice; whether OPR followed up on investigations it closed for administrative reasons; and OPR’s handling of matters relative to the Hyde Amendment3 and the Citizens Protection Act.