Mr. Ogden was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and he did so from 2009 to 2010. In that position, he was the second ranking official of the United States Department of Justice and its chief operating officer, supervising the Justice Department’s 110,000 employees, almost $30 billion budget, and all of its components and operations. Among the components reporting to Mr. Ogden were the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies, the 93 United States Attorneys Offices, and all of the Justice Department’s national litigating divisions including the Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Antitrust Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Tax Division. He served as a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council, and led major Justice Department and Executive Branch initiatives addressing health care fraud, financial fraud, international organized crime, Mexican drug cartels, immigration, international tax enforcement, and law enforcement in Indian Country. He also worked regularly with the leaders of foreign justice and interior ministries on international disputes and national security and law enforcement matters
Earlier, Mr. Ogden served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division (1999-2001), where he directed the Justice Department's largest litigating unit representing federal agencies and officials in major civil litigation, including the government's largest regulatory, constitutional, international, national security, administrative, government contract, commercial, tort, fraud and false claims, immigration, and consumer matters. He also served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to former Attorney General Janet Reno (1997-1999), Associate Deputy Attorney General (1995-1997), and Deputy General Counsel and Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Defense (1994-1995).