Beginning in early-March 2020, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) promptly shifted a significant portion of its oversight efforts toward assessing the DOJ’s readiness to respond to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. Through this assessment, and the subsequent passage of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, the OIG determined that the most immediate challenges to DOJ operations involved preventing the spread of the virus among federal inmates and detainees; safely operating immigration courts; and ensuring robust oversight of $850 million in pandemic-related grant funding being disbursed to state, local, and tribal organizations. Since that time, these efforts have been expanded to include areas such as the impact of COVID-19 on DOJ law enforcement and other day to day operations.
Our completed pandemic related work is linked below, along with a description of our ongoing work. Any reports of pandemic-related fraud may be submitted using the button below.
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Remote Inspections of Facilities Housing Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmates during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The OIG is conducting a series of remote inspections of facilities housing BOP inmates during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. These inspections will assess whether BOP-managed institutions, contract institutions, and contract Residential Reentry Centers are complying with available guidance and best practices regarding preventing, managing, and containing potential COVID-19 outbreaks in correctional and residential reentry settings. The OIG’s objectives include providing information gathered during these inspections to assist BOP in mitigating the health risks arising from the pandemic. As part of this work, the OIG is examining the Department’s and the BOP’s use of home confinement and other early release authorities provided under the CARES Act to manage the spread of COVID-19 within BOP facilities.
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
Review of EOIR's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The OIG is conducting a limited scope review of the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s handling of certain challenges presented in conducting operations during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) pandemic. The OIG will assess EOIR’s communication to staff, parties to proceedings, and the public about immigration court operations; its use of personal protective equipment; its use of worksite flexibilities; and its ability to mitigate health risks while maintaining operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other DOJ Components
Review of the Office of Justice Programs' Administration of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Funding
The OIG initiated a review of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding provided through the fiscal year 2020 Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Solicitation. The preliminary objectives are to assess OJP's efforts to: (1) distribute Coronavirus award funding in a timely and efficient manner, and (2) review pre-award activities to determine if Coronavirus awards were made in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and other guidelines.