Administration of Joint Law Enforcement Operations Funds
The OIG is conducting an audit of the USMS’s administration of Joint Law Enforcement Operations (JLEO) funds. Our preliminary objectives are to determine if the USMS: (1) has proper controls for JLEO funds reimbursement, and (2) reimburses State and local law enforcement for allowable and supported costs.
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.
Assessment of and Joint Report on the Implementation of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015
The Inspectors General of the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury, and the Intelligence Community, are assessing the actions taken over the prior, most recent, 2-year period to carry out the requirements of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). The Inspectors General, in consultation with the Council of Inspectors General on Financial Oversight, will jointly submit an interagency report to Congress. The objective of this project is to assess the actions taken to carry out CISA requirements during calendar years 2017 and 2018 and submit an unclassified, interagency report to Congress by December 2019. The information obtained from the Department will be provided to the IC IG for the joint report.
ATF Contracts Awarded to Shearwater Systems, LLC, to Support Violent Gun Crime Reduction Intelligence Initiatives
The OIG is auditing the ATF's contracts awarded to Shearwater Systems, LLC (Shearwater), to support violent gun crime reduction intelligence initiatives. The preliminary audit objectives are to assess: (1) ATF’s acquisition planning, administration, and oversight of the contracts and task orders; and (2) Shearwater’s performance and compliance with the contracts’ and task orders’ terms and conditions, including financial management, monitoring, reporting, and progress toward meeting the contract goals and objectives, as well as applicable laws and regulations.
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 Frontline's implementation, application, and effectiveness in meeting ATF goals and objectives.
Audit of Efforts to Safeguard Minors in Department of Justice Youth-Centered Programs
The OIG is conducting an audit of the efforts to safeguard minors in 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 FY 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.
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 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.
BOP 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 communications of inmates with known or suspected ties to domestic and foreign terrorism and its efforts to prevent further radicalization among its inmate population.
BOP Non-Lethal/Lethal System Updates and Improvements Contract Awarded to DeTekion Security Systems, Inc.
The OIG initiated 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 preliminary objectives of the audit 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) determine if DeTekion Security Systems, Inc., is complying with the terms and conditions of the fence upgrade contract.
Bulk Telephony Review
The OIG discontinued its Bulk Telephony Review, which has previously been reported as Ongoing Work. The OIG discontinued this review because of significant changes in the law under the USA Freedom Act, which effectively ended the government’s bulk collection of telephony metadata under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Contract Awarded to EAN Holdings, LLC
The OIG is auditing the FBI’s contract awarded to EAN Holdings, LLC. The preliminary objective of the audit is to assess the FBI’s administration of the contract, and EAN Holdings, LLC’s performance and compliance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to this contact in the areas of contractor performance; billings and payments; and contract management, oversight, and monitoring.
Contract Awarded to Correct Care Solutions, LLC for the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida
The OIG is auditing a BOP contract awarded to Correct Care Solutions, LLC. The objectives of the audit are to assess the BOP's award and administration of the contract, and Correct Care Solutions, LLC’s performance and compliance 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.
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'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.
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.
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 DATA Act. Through memorandum M-15-12, Increasing Transparency of Federal Spending by Making Federal Spending Data Accessible, Searchable, and Reliable, the Office of Management and Budget provided guidance to federal agencies on the requirements that agencies must employ pursuant to the DATA Act. The OIG will review a statistically valid sampling of the fiscal year 2019 spending data submitted, and submit to Congress and make publicly available a report assessing the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data sampled.
Efforts to Address Challenges in Administering the Crime Victims Fund Programs
The OIG is reviewing the Office of Justice Programs' efforts to address challenges in administering the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) programs. The review is expected to include (1) assessing systemic issues facing CVF grant administration and (2) evaluating actions OJP has taken to ameliorate programmatic issues identified through OIG work.
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 assess HVE threats; and evaluate the FBI field divisions' implementation of strategic and tactical policies and processes to assess 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 and (2) coordinating with the DHS components to ensure seaport security.
Examination of the Department’s and the FBI’s Compliance with Legal Requirements and Policies in Applications Filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Relating to a certain U.S. Person
The OIG, in response to requests from the Attorney General and Members of Congress, is examining the Department’s and the FBI’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person. As part of this examination, the OIG is also reviewing information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source. Additionally, the OIG is reviewing the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.
Examination of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Fiscal Year 2018 Compliance under the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010
The OIG initiated an attestation examination of the Department’s fiscal year 2018 compliance under the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA). The preliminary objectives are to determine compliance under IPERA that the Department has: (1) published an Agency Financial Report (AFR) for the most recent fiscal year and posted that report and any accompanying materials required by OMB on the agency website, (2) conducted a program specific risk assessment for each program or activity that conforms with Section 3321 note of Title 31 U.S.C. (if required), (3) published improper payment estimates for all programs and activities identified as susceptible to significant improper payments under its risk assessment (if required), (4) published programmatic corrective action plans in the AFR (if required), (5) published, and is meeting, annual reduction targets for each program assessed to be at risk and estimated for improper payments (if required and applicable), and (6) reported a gross improper payment rate of less than 10 percent for each program and activity for which an improper payment estimate was obtained and published in the AFR.
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’s Confidential Human Source Program
The OIG is auditing the FBI’s Confidential Human Source Program. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) assess the FBI’s management and oversight of its Confidential Human Source Program, to include the FBI’s oversight of payments to confidential human sources, (2) examine the FBI’s confidential human source policies to ensure consistency with the Attorney General Guidelines, and (3) assess the FBI’s process of determining reliability and appropriateness of confidential human sources.
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 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 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.
Fiscal Year 2018 – Annual Information Technology Security Evaluation Pursuant to the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2014
The OIG is conducting the annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) evaluation for fiscal year (FY) 2018. 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 2018 guidelines and to complete the Department of Homeland Security’s FY 2018 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.
Management of the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System
The OIG is conducting an audit of USMS's management of the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS). The preliminary objective of the audit will be to evaluate USMS's efforts to achieve its strategic goal of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of JPATS prisoner and detainee transportation.
Office on Violence Against Women's Technical Assistance Program
The OIG is conducting an audit of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Technical Assistance Program. The preliminary objectives of the audit are to determine whether OVW’s controls are effective to ensure: (1) its grant applications meet eligibility requirements and awards are made in accordance with applicable agency policies and procedures; (2) it appropriately monitors awards to prevent project overlap, award duplication, and unallowable or unsupported costs; and (3) that recipients are appropriately progressing on the objectives of the awards.
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.
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 the Department of Justice’s Preparedness to Respond to Critical Incidents Under Emergency Support Function 13
The OIG is reviewing the Department’s ability to meet its responsibilities under Emergency Support Function 13 (ESF-13) and to execute ESF-13 activities in response to natural and manmade disasters. OIG will assess Departmental policies and guidance; planning, preparation, training, and execution processes; and coordination among DOJ law enforcement components and non-DOJ support agencies in support of an ESF-13 activation.
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 Drug Enforcement Administration’s Opioid Enforcement Efforts
The OIG is assessing whether DEA’s regulatory activities and enforcement efforts effectively prevent the diversion of controlled substances, particularly opioids, to unauthorized users. Specifically, this review will examine (1) DEA’s enforcement regulations, policies, and procedures; (2) DEA’s use of enforcement actions involving manufacturers, distributors, physicians, and pharmacists who violate these policies and procedures; and (3) DEA’s coordination with state and local partners to combat the opioid epidemic.
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.
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 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.
Reviews of the Department’s Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Accounting of Drug Control Funds and Related Performance
The OIG initiated attestation reviews of the fiscal year 2018 Annual Accounting of Drug Control Funds and Related Performance of the Department’s Assets Forfeiture Fund, Criminal Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of Justice Programs, Offices of the United States Attorneys, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, and United States Marshals Service, hereinafter referred to as “the components”. Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 1703(d)(7), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) issued ONDCP Circular, Accounting of Drug Control Funding and Performance Summary, dated January 18, 2013, which requires the OIG to perform annual reviews of the components’ drug control funds and related performance.
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.
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 objectives are to assess: (1) the oversight of the components’ foreign national sponsorship programs; and (2) the coordination within the DOJ components and with DHS to ensure the accuracy of information regarding foreign national sponsorships.
To detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.