TRAC EXPRESS provides a speedy way to view civil enforcement activities of the federal government from a variety of broad perspectives:
After making the necessary selections and hitting Submit Request, your order is transmitted to TRAC's server, the necessary processing is completed, and the requested information is delivered to your browser, usually in less than a minute.
- Overall: offers a broad view of the civil actions referred to the U.S. Attorneys--when the U.S. is the plaintiff and when it is the defendant, for the nation as a whole and for the individual districts. Data are available for federal district courts, state courts, and bankruptcy courts.
- Agencies: zeroes in on both the civil actions initiated by the separate agencies and the actions brought against them.
- Causes: captures civil suits by dozens of different causes of action--antitrust, civil rights, forfeiture, Clean Air Act, FOIA, etc.
For each of these three perspectives, TRAC Express gives the user several different viewing options. These are:
- focus: provides focused information on a user-selected topic about a particular district or the United States as a whole. Under agency, for example, a user can select focus and obtain a breadth of information about the actions by and against a particular agency--matters disposed of, relief requested, relief granted, etc.
- rank: map or tabulate rankings for 90 federal judicial districts on user-selected factors. Under rank, for example, the user can see how each of the districts compares with the others in a variable like how many times a given agency has been subjected to different kinds of civil suits.
- compare: provides comparisons of agencies, cause of action, when the government is either the plaintiff or the defendant. By selecting compare, under agencies, information may be developed about a range of actions taken by or against dozens of agencies and departments in a single district.
- trend: request graph or table showing year-by-year trends in civil activity. By selecting trend under causes, examine how the volume of freedom of information suits against the federal government have changed over time. Tables include rates of change.
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