The OIG is examining the DEA’s use of administrative subpoenas to obtain broad collections of data or information. The review will address the legal authority for the acquisition or use of these data collections; the existence and effectiveness of any policies and procedural safeguards established with respect to the collection, use, and retention of the data; the creation, dissemination, and usefulness of any products generated from the data; and the use of “parallel construction” or other techniques to protect the confidentiality of these programs.
ATF's Controls over Agent Cashier Funds
The OIG is conducting an audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) Controls over Agent Cashier Funds. ATF field divisions use agent cashier funds to facilitate the purchase of evidence, procurement of services, and payment for information related to criminal investigations. The preliminary objectives are to assess whether: (1) policies and procedures effectively mitigate the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse in the agent cashier fund, (2) field divisions comply with these policies and procedures, (3) agent cashier funds have been accounted for appropriately, and (4) ATF headquarters and field division management are providing appropriate oversight of the agent cashier fund expenditures.
ATF’s Implementation of the Frontline Initiative
The OIG is reviewing the implementation of ATF’s Frontline initiative since it was launched in 2012. ATF established Frontline to standardize the development and execution of agency-wide regulatory and investigative priorities while ensuring that limited resources are effectively focused to accomplish these goals. The OIG's review will examine ATF Frontline operations to assess how ATF identifies and prioritizes problems, distributes resources, and measures outcomes against ATF goals and objectives.
ATF Weapons and Munitions
The OIG is conducting an audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) weapons and munitions. The preliminary objectives are to evaluate: (1) ATF's controls over weapons and munitions, (2) ATF Office compliance with policies governing weapons and munitions, and (3) the accuracy of ATF's weapons and munitions inventory.
Audit of Efforts to Safeguard Minors in Department of Justice Youth-Centered Programs
The OIG is initiating an audit of the efforts to safeguard minors in Department of Justice (DOJ) youth-centered programs. The preliminary scope includes Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence Against Women youth-centered grant programs involving persons who work directly with minors, for fiscal year 2017. The OIG's preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine whether entities receiving DOJ funds have implemented appropriate controls, such as screening and background checks, for individuals working or volunteering in programs involving minors; and (2) assess DOJ efforts to ensure that grantees adequately mitigate the risk of victimization of minors who participate in its youth-centered programs.
Audits of DOJ and Select Components' Annual Financial Statements
The OIG is conducting audits of DOJ and select components' annual financial statements for FY 2017. 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 DOJ's annual financial statements. In addition, the following components will receive a standalone audit for FY 2017: the Assets Forfeiture Fund and Seized Asset Deposit Fund, FBI, BOP, and FPI.
The OIG is also conducting an audit of the annual closing package financial statements of DOJ in accordance with Volume 1, Part 2-Chapter 4700 of the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Manual. Its purpose is to assist Treasury in preparing the U.S. Government Financial Report by reclassifying DOJ’s general-purpose financial statements into a standard format that will be consolidated with other federal agencies, and by reporting DOJ’s intragovernmental balances by federal agency to facilitate elimination of transactions between federal agencies.
Audit of Justice Management Division Task Orders Awarded to CACI, Inc. – Commercial
The OIG is auditing task orders awarded to CACI, Inc. – Commercial (CACI) under a Justice Management Division (JMD) contract. The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess JMD’s administration of the contract and task orders, and CACI’s performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to the contract and task orders. The assessment of performance may include financial management, monitoring, reporting, and progress toward meeting the contract goals and objectives. The audit scope will cover the period of performance from August 1, 2013, to September 30, 2016.
Audit of the BOP's Counterterrorism Efforts
The OIG is conducting an audit of the BOP's counterterrorism efforts. The preliminary objectives are to review the BOP’s policies, procedures, and practices for monitoring inmates with known or suspected ties to domestic and foreign terrorism and its efforts to prevent further radicalization among its inmate population.
Audit of the Court Security Procurement Process
The OIG initiated an audit of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) court security officer services procurement. The objective is to assess the USMS's management of and processes for procuring court security officer services contracts.
Audit of the National Institute of Justice's Grant Management
The OIG is auditing the National Institute of Justice’s grant management. The preliminary objectives are to determine whether National Institute of Justice: (1) used fair and open processes to award competitive grants; (2) properly justified its decisions when awarding non-competitive grants; and (3) managed grant activities in compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements.
Award Closeout Process
The OIG is auditing DOJ's award closeout process. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) ensure that expired awards are closed properly and in a timely manner; (2) ensure that award funds are appropriately managed after award periods have ended, including deobligations and subsequent drawdowns; and (3) determine whether appropriate controls are in place to ensure that closeout data reported by recipients is accurate and supported.
BOP Contract Awarded to Sealaska Constructors, LLC, to Build Facilities at FCI Danbury
The OIG is conducting an audit of the BOP's contract awarded to Sealaska Constructors, LLC, to construct facilities at a federal correctional institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Our preliminary objective is to assess the BOP’s and Sealaska Constructors, LLC’s compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to this contract in the areas of: (1) acquisition planning; (2) contract management, oversight, and monitoring; and (3) billings and payments.
BOP Contracts Awarded to Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc.
The OIG is auditing BOP contracts awarded to Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc. The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess the BOP’s administration of the contracts and Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc.’s 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 contracts’ goals and objectives.
BOP’s Management of its Female Inmate Population
The OIG is reviewing the BOP’s management of its female inmate population. As part of this review, the OIG will examine trends in the female inmate population between FY 2012 and FY 2016, the BOP’s implementation of its Management of Female Offenders program statement, and the impact of the 2013 decision to convert Federal Correctional Institution Danbury to a male institution.
Bulk Telephony Review
The OIG is reviewing the FBI’s use of information derived from the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of telephony metadata obtained from certain telecommunications service providers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The review will examine the FBI’s procedures for receiving, processing, and disseminating leads the NSA develops from the metadata, and any changes that have been made to these procedures over time. The review will also examine how FBI field offices respond to leads, and the scope and type of information field offices collect as a result of any investigative activity that is initiated. In addition, the review will examine the role the leads have had in FBI counterterrorism efforts.
Contract Awarded to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC
The OIG is auditing a DEA contract awarded to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine whether the DEA adhered to federal regulations during the contract award and administration processes, (2) assess the adequacy of DEA’s contract oversight, and (3) determine if L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC properly invoiced the government and complied with the terms and conditions of the contract award.
Cyber Victim Notification and Engagement
The OIG is conducting an audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) cyber victim notification and engagement. The preliminary objective is to evaluate the FBI’s processes and practices for notifying and engaging with victims of cyber intrusions.
DEA Linguistics Contract with Conduit Language Specialists, Inc.
The OIG is auditing a DEA linguistics contract awarded to Conduit Language Specialists, Inc., located in Paris, Kentucky. The preliminary objective is to assess DEA and Conduit Language Specialists, Inc.’s administration of and performance in accordance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to this contract in the areas of: (1) contractor performance; (2) billings and payments; and (3) contract management, oversight, and monitoring.
DEA's Income-Generating Undercover Operations
The OIG is conducting an audit of the DEA's income-generating undercover operations. The preliminary objectives are to evaluate the management and oversight of DEA’s income-generating operations with respect to: (1) the initiation and classification of these operations, (2) the controls over and use of funds during operations, and (3) the disposal of proceeds at the conclusion of these operations.
DOJ's Clemency Process
The OIG is assessing the Department’s clemency process. Following the OIG's 2011 report on the Department’s processing of clemency petitions, this review will focus on the period from fiscal year 2012 to the present and will assess the procedures utilized by the Department and the impact of the Department's new criteria for prioritizing commutation petitions.
DOJ's Compliance with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended by the DATA Act of 2014
The OIG is examining DOJ's compliance with reporting requirements under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, as amended by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). As part of this examination, the OIG will review a statistically valid sampling of the spending data submitted to Congress by the Department and report on the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data sampled and the implementation and use of data standards.
DOJ’s Efforts to Address Patterns or Practices of Police Misconduct and Provide Technical Assistance on Accountability Reform to Police Departments
The OIG is examining how (1) the Civil Rights Division identifies and selects potential patterns or practices of unlawful police conduct for investigation, (2) COPS’ and OJP’s direct technical assistance for accountability reforms to police departments addressing concerns over alleged misconduct, and (3) these agencies coordinate their efforts and assess their results, including any opportunities to leverage programs within the Community Relations Service.
DOJ's Sponsorship of Foreign Nationals for Law Enforcement Purposes
The OIG is conducting an audit of DOJ's sponsorship of foreign nationals for law enforcement purposes. The preliminary objectives are to evaluate: (1) the Criminal Division’s management of foreign national sponsorship activities, including its policies and procedures for reviewing and processing requests to sponsor foreign nationals; (2) Department law enforcement and prosecuting components’ handling of sponsored foreign nationals and related activity; and (3) Department components’ coordination on foreign national sponsorship-related activities.
Efforts to Address Homegrown Violent Extremists
The OIG is auditing the FBI's efforts to address homegrown violent extremists (HVE). The preliminary objectives are to: review the FBI's HVE casework and resource management; evaluate the FBI's coordination with relevant components and its strategic and tactical policies and processes to identify and address HVE threats; and assess the FBI field divisions' implementation of strategic and tactical policies and processes to investigate HVE threats.
Efforts to Protect Seaports and Maritime Activity
The OIG is auditing the FBI's efforts to protect the nation’s seaports and maritime activity. The preliminary objectives are to review the FBI’s roles and responsibilities for: (1) assessing maritime terrorism threats, (2) preventing and responding to maritime terrorist incidents, and (3) coordinating with the Department of Homeland Security components to ensure seaport security.
Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Information Technology Security Evaluation Pursuant to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014
The OIG is conducting the annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) evaluation for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The OIG will use independent certified public accounting firms, under its direction, to evaluate the specific requirements of the Office of Management and Budget’s FY 2017 guidelines and to complete the Department of Homeland Security’s FY 2017 Reporting Metrics. FISMA requires that the OIG, or independent evaluators selected by the OIG, perform an annual independent evaluation of DOJ’s security programs and practices.
Implementation of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
The OIG is assessing the Department’s tribal law enforcement activities and responsibilities pursuant to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The review will focus on the Department’s legal assistance, investigative training, and other technical assistance used to enhance law enforcement efforts in Indian Country.
OJP Corrective Actions to Resolve and Close Audit Reports during FYs 2015 through 2017
The OIG is auditing the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) corrective actions to resolve and close audit reports during FYs 2015 through 2017. The preliminary objective is to assess and summarize the corrective actions taken by OJP to close OIG audit recommendations issued in audit reports that were closed during FYs 2015 through 2017.
Perimeter Security Contract Awarded to DeTekion Security Systems, Inc.
The OIG is conducting an audit of a perimeter security contract awarded by the BOP to DeTekion Security Systems, Inc. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine whether the BOP adhered to federal regulations during the contract award and administration processes, (2) assess the adequacy of BOP’s contract oversight, and (3) determine if DeTekion Security Systems, Inc., properly invoiced the government and complied with the terms and conditions of the contract award.
Residential Reentry Center Contracts Awarded to Reynolds & Associates, Inc.
The OIG is auditing three BOP contracts awarded to Reynolds & Associates, Inc., for the RRC located in Washington, D.C. The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess the BOP’s and Reynolds & Associates, Inc.’s, administration and performance of, and their respective compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to these contracts.
Review of Allegations Regarding Various Actions by the Department of Justice and the FBI in Advance of the 2016 Election
The OIG, in response to Congressional and other requests, is reviewing allegations regarding various actions by the Department and the FBI in advance of the 2016 election. The review will examine whether the Department and the FBI followed policies or procedures in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI Director’s public announcement on July 5, 2016, and the Director’s letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016, and whether certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations. The review also will examine allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters, that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs improperly disclosed non-public information and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters, that other Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information, and that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI’s release of certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on October 30 and November 1, 2016, and the use of a Twitter account to publicize this release, were influenced by improper considerations. The review will not substitute the OIG's judgment for the judgments made by the FBI or the Department regarding the substantive merits of investigative or prosecutive decisions. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.
Review of Cooperation between the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in Southwest Border Criminal Investigations
The Inspectors General of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DHS) are jointly reviewing cooperation primarily between the FBI, DHS’ Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices on criminal investigations along the U.S. Southwest border. This review will focus on deconflicting investigations and operations, as well as sharing information on investigations conducted by the FBI and HSI and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
Review of Gender Equity in the Department of Justice Law Enforcement Components
The OIG is examining gender equity in DOJ’s law enforcement components, specifically ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The review will include an examination of component demographics and staff data related to promotions, awards, and gender discrimination complaints. The OIG will also assess staff perceptions related to gender equity and analyze the reasons for those perceptions.
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 Drug Enforcement Administration’s Opioid Enforcement Efforts
The OIG is assessing whether the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) regulatory activities and enforcement efforts effectively prevent the diversion of controlled substances, particularly opioids, to unauthorized users. Specifically, this review will examine: (1) the DEA’s enforcement policies and procedures to regulate registrants; (2) the DEA’s use of enforcement actions involving distributors of opioids who violate these policies and procedures; and (3) the DEA’s coordination with state and local partners in countering illicit opioid distribution.
Review of the FBI's Identification and Handling of Alleged Deception or Countermeasures in Applicant and Employee Polygraph Examinations
The OIG is conducting a review of the FBI's process for identifying and handling alleged deception or countermeasures in applicant and employee polygraph examinations. We will also evaluate the FBI's process for taking adverse personnel actions in cases where the FBI finds that an employee has used countermeasures or where an employee's polygraph examination indicates deception.
Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' and U.S. Marshals Service's Pharmaceutical Drug Costs for Inmates and Detainees
The OIG is conducting a review of the BOP's and USMS's pharmaceutical drug costs for inmates and detainees. This review will examine the budgetary impact of pharmaceutical drugs on the BOP and USMS, as well as their processes for obtaining pharmaceutical drugs.
Sole Source Small Business Contracts
The OIG is conducting an audit of the ATF's awarding of small business contracts using sole source justifications. With regard to these contracts, the preliminary objectives are to assess the ATF's: (1) processes for soliciting small businesses for contract opportunities; (2) procedures and decisions for the selection and subsequent award of contract opportunities to small businesses; and (3) oversight of small business sole source awards.
Task Orders Awarded to Maximus, Inc.
The OIG is auditing DEA task orders issued to Maximus, Inc., for financial investigative support services. The audit objectives are to: (1) determine whether Maximus and its subcontractor complied with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to the contract; (2) assess contract performance; and (3) assess how the DEA and JMD administered the subject task orders.
USMS Hiring Practices
The OIG is investigating multiple allegations of improper or inappropriate hiring practices by officials at the United States Marshals Service (USMS), including allegations of nepotism, favoritism, and quid pro quo arrangements. The OIG is also examining the Department’s response to a letter from a Member of Congress to the Department regarding allegations of inappropriate hiring practices at USMS and whether officials at the USMS Office of General Counsel failed to ensure the Department’s response to the Member of Congress was accurate and complete.
To detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.