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Audit of DOJ's Efforts to Protect BOP Facilities Against Threats Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The OIG is auditing the Department's efforts to protect BOP facilities against threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems, commonly referred to as drones. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine the extent to which the BOP can detect and track attempts to deliver contraband to BOP facilities via drones, and (2) assess the Department's current policies and efforts to protect BOP facilities against security threats posed by drones.

Audit of FBI's Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory – Western New York

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (WNYRCFL) located in Buffalo, New York. The objectives of the audit are to assess: (1) the efficiency and effectiveness of the WNYRCFL’s performance; (2) the effectiveness of the WNYRCFL’s outreach and partnership with the law enforcement community; and (3) the WNYRCFL’s case management system and its efforts to address its service backlog.

Audit of Selected Aspects of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System

The OIG is conducting an audit of on selected aspects of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) administration of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Our preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine if the FBI appropriately evaluates Point of Contact state compliance with firearms background checks, and (2) ensures that the NICS appeals process complies with the Brady Act.

Audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Oversight of 3-D Firearm Printing Technology

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ oversight of three-dimensional (3-D) firearm printing technology. The preliminary objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of ATF policies and procedures regarding the regulation and oversight of 3-D firearms technology and trafficking.

Audit of the Criminal Division’s Process for Incoming Mutual Legal Assistance Evidence Requests

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Criminal Division’s Mutual Legal Assistance process, specifically the process for incoming evidence requests, including its response time to incoming requests, caseload management, reform of the Mutual Legal Assistance process, and coordination with DOJ and other entities. Our preliminary objective is to assess the Criminal Division’s process for incoming Mutual Legal Assistance requests.

Audit of the Department of Justice Policy on Body Worn Cameras

The Office of the Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Department of Justice (Department) Policy on Body Worn Cameras. Our preliminary objectives are to: (1) review and assess the Department’s current body worn camera policy for federal law enforcement officers, (2) evaluate the extent to which body worn cameras were utilized during the Department’s task force pilot program, and (3) assess any plans to expand the use of body worn cameras among federal law enforcement officers and federally deputized task force participants.

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

Consistent with the mandate of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018, the OIG initiated an audit of the Department of Justice’s compliance with the statute. 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).

Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Community-Based Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The OIG is conducting an audit of the DEA's community-based efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) examine the DEA’s pilot city-selection methodology, (2) assess the DEA’s integration of a performance measurement strategy to enhance its community-based efforts, (3) evaluate the DEA’s collaboration with other agencies in combatting the opioid crisis, and (4) assess the DEA’s efforts to sustain progress in the communities it assists.

Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Establishment and Oversight of DEA-Supported Foreign Law Enforcement Units

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) establishment and oversight of DEA-supported foreign law enforcement units. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) evaluate the DEA’s process for establishing supported law enforcement units abroad, such as Sensitive Investigative Units, Vetted Units, and Protected Police Units; (2) determine if the DEA is effectively overseeing these units and safeguarding funds used to sustain these formal relationships; and (3) assess the DEA’s process for addressing allegations and specific instances of mismanagement, malfeasance, and waste associated with these units.

Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Support Contracts for its Laboratory Information Management System

The OIG is auditing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) support contracts for its Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The preliminary audit objective is to assess DEA’s administration of a bridge contract awarded to Abbott Informatics Corporation (Abbott) in March 2019, and relevant acquisition planning activities associated with a solicitation issued in November 2019. To accomplish this objective, we anticipate reviewing DEA’s plans for and oversight of LIMS support contracts, Abbott’s performance on the bridge contract, and pertinent performance and financial reporting requirements.

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Pornography Victim Assistance Program

The OIG initiated an audit of the FBI Child Pornography Victim Assistance Program. The objectives of the audit are to (1) evaluate the FBI's process for obtaining images of victimization, (2) evaluate the FBI's process for notifying victims of child pornography and their guardians, and (3) determine whether the FBI appropriately secured personally identifiable information pertaining to program operations.

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Execution of its Woods Procedures for Applications Filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Relating to U.S. Persons

The OIG is initiating an audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) process for the verification of facts included in FISA applications it submits to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) (“Woods Procedures”). The audit’s preliminary objective is to evaluate whether the FBI is in compliance with its Woods Procedures requirements that help ensure the accuracy of FISA applications submitted to the FISC for U.S. persons.

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Prison's Contracts Awarded to the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The OIG is conducting an audit of the BOP's comprehensive medical services contracts awarded to the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass). The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess BOP’s administration of the contracts, and UMass’ performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to these contracts. The assessment of performance may include financial management, monitoring, reporting, and progress toward meeting the contract goals and objectives.

Audit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section's Administration of the Equitable Sharing Program

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section's (MLARS) administration of the Equitable Sharing Program. Our preliminary objectives are to: (1) evaluate MLARS' administration and oversight of the Equitable Sharing program, (2) asses MLARS' oversight of participants' management and use of program funds, and (3) assess MLARS' compliance with regulations and guidelines governing the Equitable Sharing program.

Audit of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Awarding and Administration of Sole-Source Contracts

The OIG initiated an audit with the objective of evaluating the U.S. Marshals Service’s awarding and administration of sole-source contracts.

Audits of the U.S. Department of Justice and Select Components Annual Financial Statements Fiscal Year 2020

The OIG is auditing DOJ and select components Annual Financial Statements for fiscal year 2020. 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. The OIG has contracted with the independent public accounting firm, KPMG LLP, to perform the audits.

BOP Non-Lethal/Lethal Fence System Updates and Improvements Contract Awarded to DeTekion Security Systems, Inc.

The OIG is conducting an audit of the BOP's contract awarded to DeTekion Security Systems, Inc., and the related initial contract actions to install non-lethal/lethal fence systems at nine United States Penitentiaries (USP). A non-lethal/lethal electrified fence has the capacity to administer a non-lethal shock to initially stun someone touching the fence and then switch to deliver a lethal shock if that person touches the fence a second time. The objectives are to: (1) evaluate BOP and contractor efforts on the design of the non-lethal/lethal fences installed at the nine USPs during the initial and current contract actions, (2) evaluate BOP’s price analysis of the fence upgrade contract, (3) assess BOP’s oversight of the fence upgrade contract, and (4) to evaluate BOP perimeter security strategy incorporated at the nine USPs that have DeTekion lethal/non-lethal fences.

BOP's Efforts to Address Inmate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Against BOP Staff

The OIG is conducting a review of the BOP's efforts to address inmate-on-staff sexual misconduct. The review will assess the prevalence and impacts of inmate-on-staff sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, in BOP institutions from fiscal year (FY) 2008 through FY 2018.

Contract Awarded to the GEO Group, Incorporated to Operate the Robert A. Deyton Detention Center, Lovejoy, Georgia

The OIG initiated an audit of the USMS’s contract awarded to the GEO Group, Incorporated. The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess the USMS’s administration of the contract, and the GEO Group, Incorporated’s performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to this contract. The assessment of performance may include financial management, monitoring, reporting, and progress toward meeting the contract goals and objectives.

DEA's Prescription Drug Take Back Activities

The OIG is auditing DEA’s prescription drug take back activities. The preliminary objective is to evaluate the DEA’s policies, procedures, and practices for the collection, custody, and disposal of prescription drugs.

Environment and Natural Resources Division's Procurement and Administration of Expert Witness Contracts

The OIG is auditing the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s (ENRD) procurement and administration of expert witness contracts. The preliminary objectives of the audit are to assess: (1) the ENRD’s acquisition planning and procurement policies and procedures related to expert witness contracts; and (2) ENRD and contractor compliance with contact terms and conditions.

Examination of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Compliance with the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 and OMB Circular A-123, Appendix B

The OIG had initiated an examination of the Federal Bureau of Prison’s compliance with the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 and OMB Circular A-123, Appendix B, Improving the Management of Government Charge Card Programs, for the 9 months ending December 31, 2019.

Executive Office for Immigration Review Recognition and Accreditation Program

The OIG initiated an audit of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Recognition and Accreditation Program. The preliminary objectives are to determine whether EOIR: (1) established effective controls for the selection, vetting, and certification of accredited representatives under the program; (2) monitors the activities of accredited representatives; and (3) established adequate procedures for investigating and resolving allegations of misconduct against accredited representatives.

FBI's Adjudication of Misconduct Investigations

The OIG is examining whether FBI’s misconduct investigations are handled according to policy throughout the adjudication process and how FBI determines when and how to revise its misconduct adjudication policies and process.

FBI Contract Awarded to Tuva, LLC

The OIG is conducting an audit of the FBI’s contract awarded to Tuva, LLC. The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess the FBI’s administration of the contract, and Tuva, LLC’s performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to this contract. The assessment of performance may include financial management, monitoring, reporting, and progress toward meeting the contract’s goals and objectives.

FBI's Covert Contracts

The OIG is auditing the FBI’s contracts awarded for covert activity. The preliminary objectives of the audit are to assess the FBI’s awarding and administration of these covert contracts and to evaluate the FBI’s procedures and processes for ensuring contractor performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to these contracts.

FBI's National Security Undercover Operations

The OIG is conducting an audit of the FBI's National Security Undercover Operations. The preliminary objectives are to evaluate: (1) the FBI’s oversight of national security-related undercover operations, and (2) the FBI’s efforts to recruit and train agents for these undercover operations.

FBI's Strategy and Efforts to Disrupt Illegal Dark Web Activities

The OIG is auditing the FBI's strategy and efforts to disrupt illegal dark web activities. The preliminary objective is to assess the implementation of the FBI’s dark web strategy.

Fiscal Year 2020 – Annual Information Technology Security Evaluation Pursuant to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act

The OIG is conducting its annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) evaluation for fiscal year (FY) 2020. FISMA requires that the OIG, or independent evaluators selected by the OIG, perform an annual independent evaluation of the Department of Justice’s (Department) information security programs and practices. The OIG has selected the following Department components for review: the Justice Management Division; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Civil Rights Division; National Security Division; and United States Marshals Service. The OIG will also review select systems from each component to assess the effectiveness of the Department’s information security programs and practices.

Inspection and Review of EOIR Immigration Hearings Conducted Via Video Teleconference

The OIG is conducting an inspection and review of Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) immigration hearings, including immigration hearings conducted via video teleconference (VTC) at U.S. Department of Homeland Security tent facilities. This review will assess policies and procedures pertaining to the use of VTCs, the quality of the VTC broadcasts, and the potential effects of the use of VTCs on immigration hearings. The OIG may consider including other issues that may arise during the course of our inspection and review.

Remote Inspections of Facilities Housing Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmates during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Related Issues

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.

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.

Review of Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Deaths in Custody

The OIG is conducting a review of non-natural inmate deaths at Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) institutions, Residential Reentry Centers, and contract facilities from fiscal years 2014 through 2019. This review will assess the circumstances surrounding inmate deaths and evaluate how the BOP seeks to prevent future inmate deaths.

Review of Gender Equity in the FBI’s Training and Selection Processes for New Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts at the FBI Academy

The OIG is conducting a review to assess gender equity in the training and selection process for new Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts. The review will examine policies and practices, trends and patterns for male and female trainees, and perceptions of gender equity at the FBI Academy. It will also assess processes designed to ensure gender equity and prevent gender discrimination for trainees, including the FBI’s internal Equal Employment Opportunity process.

Review of the Department's Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services

The OIG is reviewing DOJ’s planning and implementation of its zero tolerance policy relating to prosecution of persons for entering the United States illegally in southwest border jurisdictions. The review also will assess the Department’s coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services on the policy’s implementation. Consistent with the Inspector General Act and the OIG’s role, the review will not substitute the OIG’s judgment for the judgments made by the Department regarding the substantive merits of the policy.

Review of the Department’s Violent Crime Initiatives

The OIG is reviewing the Department's strategic planning and accountability measures for combatting violent crime, including coordination across Department prosecution, law enforcement, and grant making components; and strategic planning for providing assistance to communities that are confronting significant increases in homicides and gun violence.

Review of the DOJ's and FBI's Planning for a Future FBI Headquarters Facility

The OIG is conducting a review that will assess the DOJ’s and FBI’s planning for a future FBI Headquarters facility. The review will include an examination of DOJ’s and the FBI’s progress in its planning, their assessment and consideration of the previously proposed plan to move FBI Headquarters to a suburban location, and their assessment and consideration of the plan to demolish the J. Edgar Hoover Building and construct a new facility on that site.

Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Policy Development Process

The OIG is conducting a review of the BOP’s policy development process, including how existing processes and oversight impact policy development. The OIG will examine the factors that may impede the BOP from revising national policies in a timely manner and assess BOP performance metrics to evaluate the success of its policy development process.

Review of the Institutional Hearing and Removal Program

The OIG is reviewing the actions taken by the Department of Justice (Department), including the Executive Office for Immigration Review and Federal Bureau of Prisons, to expand the Institutional Hearing and Removal Program (IHRP). The review will assess the steps the Department took to expand the number of IHRP sites, enhance video teleconferencing capabilities, and coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security.

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.

Review of the U.S. Marshals Service's Pharmaceutical Drug Costs for Detainees

The OIG is conducting a review of the USMS's pharmaceutical drug costs for detainees. This review will examine the USMS’s process for and spending on drug procurement under the National Managed Care Contract, as well as its efforts to control rising drug costs.

Review of the U.S. Marshals Service Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The OIG initiated a review of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The review will assess whether the USMS is complying with available guidance and best practices regarding preventing, managing, and containing potential COVID-19 outbreaks in its detention settings. The preliminary objective is to provide information gathered during this review to assist the USMS in mitigating the health risks arising from the pandemic.

Review of the U.S. Marshals Service's Tactical Training Officer Program

The OIG is examining the U.S. Marshals Service's (USMS) Tactical Training Officer (TTO) Program that it established in 2011. The review will cover the TTO Program’s policies, procedures, and training provided to USMS personnel and Task Force Officers. The review will also focus on how the TTO Program has changed USMS training and operations for conducting high-risk fugitive apprehensions.

Survey on the Effects of COVID-19 on ATF, DEA, FBI, USAO, and USMS Investigative Operations

The Office of the Inspector General is initiating a survey to the ATF, DEA, FBI, USAOs, and USMS to better understand the effects of COVID-19 on investigative operations.

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

The OIG is conducting a review of the Department’s and ATF’s management and oversight of the use of government-owned vehicles (GOV) by ATF 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.

Updated: June 2020