This Report to Congress is submitted pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, which requires the Attorney General to report annually to Congress on theoperations and activities of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section. The Reportdescribes the activities of the Public Integrity Section during 2011. It also providesstatistics on the nationwide federal effort against public corruption during 2011 and over the previous two decades.The Public Integrity Section was created in 1976 in order to consolidate in oneunit of the Criminal Division the Department’s oversight responsibilities for the prosecution of criminal abuses of the public trust by government officials. Sectionattorneys prosecute selected cases involving federal, state, or local officials, and also provide advice and assistance to prosecutors and agents in the field regarding thehandling of public corruption cases. In addition, the Section serves as the JusticeDepartment’s center for handling various issues that arise regarding public corruptionstatutes and cases.An Election Crimes Branch was created within the Section in 1980 to supervisethe Department’s nationwide response to election crimes, such as voter fraud andcampaign-financing offenses. The Branch reviews all major election crime investigationsthroughout the country and all proposed criminal charges relating to election crime.During the year, the Section maintained a staff of approximately twenty-fiveattorneys, including experts in extortion, bribery, election crimes, and criminal conflictsof interest. The section management included: Jack Smith, Chief; Raymond N. Hulser,Principal Deputy Chief; Peter J. Ainsworth, Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation; Justin V.Shur, Deputy Chief; M. Kendall Day, Deputy Chief; Peter Koski, Deputy Chief; andRichard C. Pilger, Director, Election Crimes Branch.Part I of the Report discusses the operations of the Public Integrity Section andhighlights its major activities in 2011. Part II describes significant cases prosecuted bythe Section in 2011. Part III presents nationwide data based on the Section’s annualsurveys of United States Attorneys regarding the national federal effort to combat publiccorruption from 1991 through 2011 and data specific to the Public Integrity Section for 2011.