The Treasury Department General Counsel is a statutory officer appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. The General Counsel serves as senior legal and policy adviser to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary and other senior Departmental officials. As head of the Treasury Legal Division, the General Counsel has responsibility for all legal work in the Department. There also is a Principal Deputy General Counsel and a Deputy General Counsel who is supervised by the General Counsel and through whom the General Counsel operates the Legal Division. The Counselor to the General Counsel assists the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel by coordinating issues of general interest within the Legal Division and undertakes special assignments as requested by the General Counsel or the Deputy General Counsel. The General Counsel also is assisted by one or more Senior Advisors.
In Treasury Departmental Offices, senior officials reporting to the General Counsel through the Principal Deputy General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel include: the Assistant General Counsel for Banking and Finance; the Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence; the Assistant General Counsel for General Law, Ethics and Regulation; the Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs; the International Tax Counsel; the Tax Legislative Counsel; and the Benefits Tax Counsel.
The Legal Counsel, Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, is the legal advisor to the Executive Director, Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, and supervises and directs the legal staff advising the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. This Legal Counsel reports to and is supervised by the Assistant General Counsel (Banking and Finance).
The Legal Counsel and a staff attorney provide legal advice to the Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture. That office administers the Treasury Forfeiture Fund and oversees related activities that promote the strategic use of asset forfeiture by Treasury law enforcement bureaus to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises.
The Legal Counsel Office of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund is responsible for providing legal advice to the Director of the CDFI Fund and other CDFI Fund officials. The Legal Counsel supervises a staff of two attorneys and one paralegal. The CDFI Fund, including the Legal Counsel Office, is located in Washington, D.C. The Legal Counsel Office is responsible for providing all legal services pertaining to the operations and functions of the CDFI Fund, including advice pertaining to investment of funds in community development financial institutions, federal legislation, regulations and policy, various organizational matters, representation of the Fund before regulatory and oversight agencies and committees, and contractual and administrative matters.
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