***NOAA has revised its “Policy for the Assessment of Civil Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions” (Penalty Policy). The revised Penalty Policy is effective June 24, 2019.***


The Enforcement Section coordinates and implements the NOAA General Counsel’s delegated authority as NOAA’s civil prosecutor.

The office prosecutes civil penalty cases, permit sanctions, and administrative forfeitures; provides support to the U.S. Department of Justice in prosecution of law enforcement cases in Federal courts and formulates NOAA’s position in such cases; establishes national law enforcement policy in conjunction with the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and NOAA program offices; provides legal support to the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and other NOAA offices, including the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, the Office of Protected Resources, and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries; and advises NOAA officials on specific enforcement cases and general enforcement trends and issues.

The office has thirteen attorneys and a paralegal. Charles Green is the Section Chief and Meggan Engelke-Ros is the Deputy Section Chief. A second Deputy Section Chief position is currently vacant.


Contact Information

Enforcement Section 
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
1315 East West Highway
SSMC3, Rm. 15828
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301-427-2202 
Fax: 301-427-2211