The office is divided into the Criminal, Civil, Tax and Administrative Divisions. The San Francisco Office consists of all these divisions. The San Jose and Oakland Branch Offices are staffed by members of the Criminal, Civil and Administrative Divisions.
The Civil Division includes the Civil Defensive Unit, the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, the Financial Litigation Unit, the Environment and Natural Resources Unit and the Immigration Unit.
The Tax Division litigates both criminal and civil cases ranging from criminal tax fraud and evasion to civil matters involving claimed refunds, fraudulent conveyances, lien determinations and preferential transfers.
The Criminal Division is the largest divison. The largest sections within the Criminal Division are the Major Crimes Section, which prosecutes cases involving violent crime, bank robberies, guns, Social Security fraud and criminal immigration violations; the White Collar Crime Section, which prosecutes cases of financial fraud, such as bank fraud, civil rights violations, health care fraud and environmental crimes; the Securities Fraud Section, which prosecutes securities fraud in Silicon Valley and throughout the District; the Organized Crime Strike Force, which prosecutes cases of organized crime, including Russian and Asian organized crime; and the Anti-Terrorism Task Force, which is charged with the office´s over-riding priority: The prevention and prosecution of any terrorist-related activity in the Northern District of California.
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force ("OCDETF") is a separate division involved in the prosecution of international and violent drug organizations. Due to San Francisco´s designation as a "Core City," the San Francisco OCDETF Division oversees and coordinates OCDETF prosecutions in the Northwest United States.
The Administrative Division provides a full range of office support and employee services.