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Suggested Questions for Eric Holder

By Ed O'Keefe

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder starts two days of Senate confirmation hearings today. The former judge, U.S. attorney and assistant attorney general has faced increasing criticism from Senate Republicans in recent weeks, with concern about his work during the Clinton administration and as a private attorney.

Eric Holder
Attorney General-designate Eric Holder at a Dec. 1, 2008 news conference with President-elect Barack Obama, in Chicago. (Photo by AP)

All this week The Eye has posted questions about managerial and procedural issues for the cabinet nominees, as suggested by the General Accountability Office in a report prepared for lawmakers late last year. (You can read The Eye's compilation of suggested questions for other nominees here.)

The GAO suggests Holder will face several key issues at Justice:

• Balancing traditional crime-fighting efforts with counterterrorism
• Transforming the FBI to address terrorism
• Protecting civil liberties and privacy in the 21st century
• Managing a growing prison population
• Ensuring Effective Grant Programs

Some of the recommended questions can be read after the jump. Read the entire GAO report here, and leave your suggested questions in the comments section below.

Department of Justice

• What experiences and skills do you have that would help you to distinguish, implement, monitor, and troubleshoot the roles of each of the criminal investigation components of the department in carrying out both its counterterrorism and traditional crime-fighting missions?

• Have you ever been involved in an organizational transformation, such as the one the FBI is undergoing? How do you track and measure transformation progress and success?

• The department is often faced with balancing the requirements of providing security while protecting civil liberties and privacy. To what extent has your prior work prepared you for guiding the agency in maintaining balance between multiple goals and objectives?

• Considering the increasing prison population and the extraordinary number of offenders who are released back into the community each year, the American public depends on the Department of Justice to ensure to the maximum extent possible that these ex-convicts are productive citizens and do not end up back in prison. What types of problems have you resolved in the past that will prepare you to address this daunting challenge?

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 15, 2009; 6:10 AM ET
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My question for the Attorney General of the United States of America. I am a self-employed recycler by trade. I work with the State of New York Bottle BILL. I now understand that the Bottle BILL is not a part of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. That each state in the union is responsible for their own recycling. The response I have says "Federal regulations do not require the general public or private companies to recycle their solid waste. Regulations regarding recycling and management of municipal solid waste are developed by individual states." This reply came from a public access request I made. IS the New York State Bottle "BILL" enforceable?? Why is this a Bill and not a "LAW?" This is how I make a living. Is the way I make a living legal??

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