Federal Bureau of Prisons

Ongoing Work

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Updated: June 2020