"[Assistant Attorney General Bill] Baer’s mission is not an easy one. He joins the Antitrust Division just prior to the formal shut down of four offices and significant attrition; he joins an Antitrust Division that has fewer raw materials in the investigations pipeline. Still we have caucused Antitrust Division attorneys who are staying with the agency and there is reason for optimism. As word filters back that Antitrust Division attorneys who severed or retired were dealt with fairly and considerately, active concerns will dissipate and we believe Baer can drive a newly structured criminal program to fire on all cylinders by the end of this fiscal year. There could be reinvigorated activity as a rumored new section formed in Washington D.C. (staffed by detailees and transferring attorneys) and offices in San Francisco, Chicago (currently slated for one additional expat prosecutor) and New York receive transferring prosecutors and lateral hires to stem attrition, we expect to see vibrant competition by attorneys for investigations. Most notably, the rumored new section in Washington D.C. that will be comprised of expats from some of the closed field offices will see the National Criminal Enforcement Section (NCES) as its main competition and we expect fierce competition for new cases."
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