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Ongoing Work

This page contains summaries of the DOJ OIG's ongoing audits, inspections, and reviews.  This page does not include all ongoing audits of DOJ grantees, nor does it contain summaries of investigations, as the DOJ OIG's practice is to not confirm or deny the existence of any ongoing investigation.  

Audit of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP)

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).  The preliminary objectives are to determine whether BJA: (1) implemented adequate oversight and management of COSSAP, (2) effectively coordinated and collaborated with COSSAP partners and stakeholders, and (3) accomplished COSSAP objectives and deliverables.

Other DOJ Components

Audit of the Department of Justice's Strategy to Combat and Respond to Ransomware Threats and Attacks

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Department of Justice’s (Department) Strategy to Combat and Respond to Ransomware Threats and Attacks.  The preliminary objectives are to assess the Department’s:  (1) strategy to combat ransomware threats, and (2) response to and coordination on ransomware attacks against public and private entities.  

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Other DOJ Components

Audit of the Department of Justice’s Compliance with the Geospatial Data Act of 2018

The Office of the Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Department of Justice’s compliance with the statute. Our preliminary objective is to assess the Department of Justice’s progress toward meeting the requirements for covered agencies established in the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 under section 759(a).

Other DOJ Components

Audit of the Department of Justice’s Compliance with the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Department of Justice’s Compliance with the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024. The preliminary objective is to assess the Department of Justice’s progress toward meeting the requirements for covered agencies established in the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 under Section 759(a).

Other DOJ Components

Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Other Emerging Technology within the U.S. Intelligence Community

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) integration of artificial intelligence and other emerging technology as members of the U.S. Intelligence Community.  The preliminary objective is to evaluate the DEA’s and FBI’s compliance with requirements related to artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, as specified in Title LXVII of the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Contract Awarded to Ocean Bay Information and Systems Management, LLC

The OIG is conducting an audit of the DEA's indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract awarded to Ocean Bay Information and Systems Management, LLC (Ocean Bay).  The preliminary objectives are to assess:  (1) the DEA’s administration of the task orders; and (2) Ocean Bay’s performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to the task orders in the areas of:  (a) contractor performance; (b) billings and payments; and (c) contract management, oversight, and monitoring.   

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Use of Polygraph Examinations in Pre-employment Vetting

The Office of the Inspector General is conducting an audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) use of polygraph examinations in its pre-employment and law enforcement partner vetting, including Special Agent candidates and other potential DEA personnel, task force officers, and foreign counterparts.  The objectives are to:  (1) assess the DEA’s policies and procedures for conducting polygraph examinations; and (2) determine whether the DEA’s adjudication of polygraph results is timely, thorough, and objective.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Contract Awarded for Ballistics Research Assistant Services

The OIG is conducting an audit of a FBI contract to acquire ballistics research assistant services.  The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess the FBI’s administration of the contract and the contractor’s performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations that have a material effect on this contract.  The assessment of contractor performance may include financial management, monitoring, reporting, and progress toward meeting the contract’s goals and objectives.
 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Contract Awarded to Clark Construction Group, LLC for the Innovation Center

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) contract awarded to Clark Construction Group, LLC to construct the Innovation Center, a part of the FBI’s new technology campus.  The preliminary audit objectives are to assess: (1) the FBI’s award and administration of the contract; and (2) Clark Construction Group’s performance and compliance with terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to the contract.  

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Efforts to Respond to Changing Operational Technologies

The Office of the Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to respond and adapt to changing technologies in the environments where it operates.  Our preliminary objectives are to determine 1) the sufficiency and effectiveness of the actions that the FBI is taking to respond to changing technological environments and 2) the training the FBI provides to its personnel to increase the work force’s adaptability to those changes.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Handling of Tips of Hands-on Sex Offenses Against Children

The OIG is conducting an audit of the FBI’s handling of tips of hands-on sex offenses against children.  The preliminary objective is to evaluate the FBI’s compliance with laws, regulations, and policies related to its handling of tips of hands-on sex offenses against children and mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Media Destruction Services Contract Awarded to Articus Solutions, LLC

The OIG is conducting an audit of a FBI contract to Articus Solutions, LLC for media destruction services.  The preliminary objectives of the audit are to assess:  (1) the FBI’s acquisition planning, awarding, and administration of the media destruction procurement; and (2) Articus’s performance on the contract, including compliance with security requirements, monthly reporting, and billing accuracy. 
 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Participation in Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome

The OIG is conducting an audit of the FBI's participation in Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome. The preliminary objective is to assess the effectiveness of the FBI’s coordination with its federal partners to support Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program

The OIG is conducting an audit of the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). The preliminary objectives are to evaluate ViCAP's:  (1) data collection efforts to determine whether it sufficiently and appropriately generates actionable leads and program participation; and (2) outreach, training, and coordination efforts with law enforcement agencies. 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Use of Restraints

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) use of restraints. The preliminary objective is to examine the BOP’s use of 4-point restraints. 

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Inmate Financial Responsibility Program

The OIG is conducting an audit of the BOP's Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IFRP).  The IFRP helps federal offenders develop a financial plan for meeting court-ordered and other legitimate financial obligations while incarcerated in BOP institutions, including, in many cases, payments to victims.  The preliminary objectives are to:  (1) examine the BOP’s administration of the IFRP, and (2) assess the IFRP’s controls over inmate payments to satisfy court-ordered obligations.

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Management of its National Gang Unit

The OIG is conducting an audit of the BOP's management of its National Gang Unit.  Our preliminary objectives are to: (1) evaluate the BOP’s management of the National Gang Unit; and (2) evaluate the National Gang Unit's process for identifying, designating, and tracking incarcerated gang members. 

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Audit of the Implementation of the DOJ Electronic Recording of Statements Policy

The OIG is conducting an audit on the Department of Justice’s Policy 9-13.001, which governs the electronic recording of custody statements of four components: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service.  The preliminary objective is to assess component-level policies and procedures implemented to effectuate the DOJ Electronic Recording of Statements Policy.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service (USMS)

Audit of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services COPS Hiring Program

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).  The objectives of the audit are to:  (1) determine if the COPS Office made fiscal years 2021 and 2022 CHP awards in accordance with applicable guidance and vetting procedures; and (2) assess COPS Office monitoring of CHP awards to ensure compliance and performance.

Other DOJ Components

Audit of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Grant Administration due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Grant Administration due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.   The preliminary objectives are to assess: (1) the grant administration and monitoring during the pandemic and (2) the guidance and assistance provided to grant recipients for addressing any increased risks to effective program implementation and to violence against women.

Other DOJ Components

Audit of the Superfund Activities in the Environment and Natural Resources Division for Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022

The OIG is conducting an audit of the fiscal years (FYs) 2021 and 2022 Superfund activities relating to the costs incurred by the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) in litigating Superfund cases. The objective of the audit is to determine if the ENRD provided an equitable distribution of total labor costs, other direct costs, and indirect costs to Superfund cases during FYs 2021 and 2022.
Other DOJ Components

Audit of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Procurement Data Reporting in Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Department's procurement data reporting in the Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG).  The objectives of the audit are to assess the effectiveness of the Department's policies and practices for reporting procurement data in FPDS-NG, and to evaluate the procurement data reported in FPDS-NG for consistency, completeness, accuracy, and timeliness.

Other DOJ Components

Audit of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Special Deputation Authority

The OIG is conducting an audit of the U.S. Marshals Service’s (USMS) special deputation authority.  The preliminary objective is to assess whether the USMS has established adequate policies, procedures, and controls to manage the Special Deputation Program.

United States Marshals Service (USMS)

Audit of the United States Marshals Service's Residential Judicial Security

The OIG is conducting an audit of the USMS's residential judicial security.  The preliminary objective is to assess the USMS's programs and practices concerning the protection of federal judges at their places of residence. 

United States Marshals Service (USMS)

Audits of the U.S. Department of Justice and Select Components Annual Financial Statements Fiscal Year 2023

The OIG is conducting audits of the Department of Justice (Department) and select components Annual Financial Statements for fiscal year 2023.  Pursuant to Section 304(a) of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as expanded by Section 405(b) of the Government Management Reform Act of 1994, the OIG is required to perform an audit of the Department’s annual financial statements.  Additionally, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 requires an audit of the Assets Forfeiture Fund/Seized Asset Deposit Fund annual financial statements, and the Government Corporation Control Act of 1945, as amended, requires an audit of the Federal Prison Industries, Inc. annual financial statements.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Other DOJ Components

Inspection of Federal Correctional Institution Sheridan

The OIG is conducting a routine inspection of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) Federal Correctional Institution Sheridan to assess compliance with correctional policies and standards.

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Inspection of United States Penitentiary Lewisburg

The OIG is conducting a routine inspection of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) United States Penitentiary Lewisburg to assess compliance with correctional policies and standards.

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Review Examining BOP’s Use of Home Confinement as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has initiated a review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) use of home confinement as a tool to mitigate the effect of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the federal prison population.  The review will assess the BOP’s process for implementing the use of home confinement as authorized under the CARES Act, the process for its consideration of the eligibility criteria outlined in the Attorney General’s March 26 and April 3, 2020 memoranda, and the process by which BOP headquarters evaluated wardens’ recommendations that inmates who did not meet the Attorney General’s criteria be placed in home confinement.  The review will also select particular cases for examination to determine whether there were irregularities in the BOP’s processes.  If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.  The OIG is undertaking this review in response to requests from Members of Congress, and issues the OIG identified during the series of remote inspections it has conducted regarding the BOP’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Review Examining DOJ's and its Law Enforcement Components' Roles and Responsibilities in Responding to Protest Activity and Civil Unrest in Washington, DC and Portland, Oregon

In response to requests from Members of Congress and members of the public, the DOJ OIG is initiating a review to examine the DOJ’s and its law enforcement components’ roles and responsibilities in responding to protest activity and civil unrest in Washington, DC, and in Portland, Oregon in June and July 2020. The review will include examining the training and instruction that was provided to the DOJ law enforcement personnel; compliance with applicable identification requirements, rules of engagement, and legal authorities; and adherence to DOJ policies regarding the use of less-lethal munitions, chemical agents, and other uses of force. With regard to events in Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020, the DOJ OIG will coordinate our review with the Department of Interior OIG. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Other DOJ Components, United States Marshals Service (USMS)

Review Examining the Role and Activity of DOJ and its Components in Preparing for and Responding to the Events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021

The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is initiating a review to examine the role and activity of DOJ and its components in preparing for and responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The DOJ OIG will coordinate its review with reviews also being conducted by the Offices of Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Interior. The DOJ OIG review will include examining information relevant to the January 6 events that was available to DOJ and its components in advance of January 6; the extent to which such information was shared by DOJ and its components with the U.S. Capitol Police and other federal, state, and local agencies; and the role of DOJ personnel in responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The DOJ OIG also will assess whether there are any weaknesses in DOJ protocols, policies, or procedures that adversely affected the ability of DOJ or its components to prepare effectively for and respond to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. If circumstances warrant, the DOJ OIG will consider examining other issues that may arise during the review.

The DOJ OIG is mindful of the sensitive nature of the ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions related to the events of January 6. Consistent with long-standing OIG practice, in conducting this review, the DOJ OIG will take care to ensure that the review does not interfere with these investigations or prosecutions.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Other DOJ Components, United States Marshals Service (USMS)

Review of Racial Equity in the Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Components

The OIG is conducting a review of the status of equity in race, color, national origin, and ethnicity in the Department’s law enforcement components. The review will assess equity by reviewing component demographics, recruitment, hiring, retention, attrition, promotions, and awards.  The review will also include a survey assessing staff perceptions related to equity.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service (USMS)

Review of the Department of Justice’s Use of Subpoenas and Other Legal Authorities to Obtain Communication Records of Members of Congress and Affiliated Persons, and the News Media

The DOJ OIG is reviewing the DOJ’s use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records of Members of Congress and affiliated persons, and the news media in connection with recent investigations of alleged unauthorized disclosures of information to the media by government officials.  The review will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations.  If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider other issues that may arise during the review.  The review will not substitute the OIG’s judgment for the legal and investigative judgments made in the matters under OIG review. 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Other DOJ Components

The Department of Justice’s Efforts to Coordinate the Sharing of Information Related to Malign Foreign Influence Directed at U.S. Elections

The OIG is reviewing DOJ’s efforts to coordinate the sharing of information related to malign foreign influence on U.S. elections. The objectives of this review are to (1) assess the effectiveness and resilience of the Department’s information sharing system related to malign foreign influence on elections; (2) assess the Department’s oversight, management, and coordination of its activities to respond to malign foreign influence on elections; and (3) identify any gaps in or duplication of its information sharing efforts.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Other DOJ Components

Use of Government-Owned Vehicles for Home to Work Transportation by ATF Headquarters Officials

Headquarters officials for travel between their residences and work locations.  Such use of GOVs is governed by the ATF’s Home-to-Work Plan, which is authorized by the Attorney General pursuant to 31 U.S.C § 1344.  The review will assess whether oversight and management of GOV use by ATF Headquarters officials has been consistent with the Home-to-Work Plan. 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Other DOJ Components