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United States Marshals Service

Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530


DIRECTORDonald W. Washington
Deputy DirectorJeffrey R. Tyler

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the Nation's oldest Federal law enforcement agency, having served as a vital link between the executive and judicial branches of the Government since 1789. The USMS performs tasks that are essential to the operation of virtually every aspect of the Federal justice system.

The USMS has these responsibilities: providing support and protection for the Federal courts, including security for 800 judicial facilities and nearly 2,000 judges and magistrates, as well as countless other trial participants such as jurors and attorneys; apprehending the majority of Federal fugitives; operating the Federal Witness Security Program and ensuring the safety of endangered Government witnesses; maintaining custody of and transporting thousands of Federal prisoners annually; executing court orders and arrest warrants; managing and selling seized property forfeited to the Government by drug traffickers and other criminals and assisting the Justice Department's asset forfeiture program; responding to emergency circumstances, including civil disturbances, terrorist incidents, and other crisis situations through its Special Operations Group; restoring order in riot and mob-violence situations; providing housing, transportation, and medical care of federal detainees; and operating the USMS Training Academy.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that USMS records have been assigned to record group 527.

Notable references to USMS activities also are found in the following National Archives record groups: 021 (records of Federal courts); 060 (letters received by the Department of Justice); 118 (records of U.S. Attorneys, and formerly U.S. Marshals); and 206 (records of the Solicitor of the Treasury).

Business Opportunities

The USMS posts products and services that it purchases.

Career Opportunities

The USMS relies on administrative personnel, aviation enforcement officers, deputy U.S. Marshals, detention enforcement officers, and other professionals to carry out its mission.

In 2020, the USMS ranked 92d among 411 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


The "U.S. Marshals Service Contacts" web page contains a lot of names, phone numbers, and titles.

The USMS posts contact information for its district offices.


The USMS posts factsheets on its website.

Federal Register

Documents that the USMS recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

To any person, the FOIA gives a statutory right for obtaining access to Government information in the records of executive branch agencies. This right to access is limited, however, when the requested information is shielded from disclosure by any of nine exemptions contained within the statute. Phone, 703-740-3943. | Email:

The USMS maintains an electronic reading room. Before submitting a FOIA request, seekers of information should search the reading room's holdings to verify that the desired information is not already accessible, free of charge and without delay.


A historical timeline of the USMS is available online.

Most Wanted

The USMS posts information on its 15 most-wanted fugitives. The USMS considers these individuals armed and dangerous. Phone, 800-336-0102.


The USMS posts news releases.

Site Map

The USMS website index allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.