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Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ongoing Work

Aircraft Lease Contract Awarded to Midwest Jet Center, LLC

The OIG is conducting an audit of an aircraft lease contract awarded by the FBI to Midwest Jet Center, LLC. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine whether the FBI adhered to federal regulations during the contract award and administration processes, (2) assess the adequacy of FBI’s contract oversight, and (3) determine if Midwest Jet Center, LLC properly invoiced the government and complied with the terms and conditions of the contract award.

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.

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.

FBI's Use of Section 215 Orders in 2012 through 2014

The OIG completed the classified version of this report and issued it on June 2, 2016, to Justice Department leadership offices, the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and relevant Congressional oversight and intelligence committees. In this report, the OIG examined the FBI’s use of Section 215 authority under FISA in 2012 through 2014. This review is required under Section 108 of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. Section 108 of the Act amended Section 106A of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, which directed the OIG to conduct comprehensive reviews of the business records authority under FISA for two time periods—calendar years 2002 through 2004, and 2005 through 2006. The OIG issued reports on those reviews in March 2007 and March 2008, respectively. The OIG issued a third report in May 2015 that assessed the FBI’s and DOJ’s progress in implementing recommendations made in those reports and examined the FBI’s use of the authority in 2007 through 2009. The current review examined, among other things, the effectiveness of Section 215 as an investigative tool and the FBI’s compliance with the minimization procedures DOJ approved and implemented in 2013. The OIG intends to issue a public, unclassified version of the report after completing the required interagency classification review process.

Insider Threat Program

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Insider Threat Program. The preliminary objective is to evaluate the FBI's Insider Threat Program as it relates to the November 2012 standards for the Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs, which requires departments and agencies, including the FBI, to establish a program for deterring, detecting, and mitigating insider threats.

Review of Gender Equity in the Department of Justice Law Enforcement Components

The OIG is examining gender equity in the Department's law enforcement components, specifically ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The review will include an assessment of component demographics, gender discrimination complaints, and the complaint process. The OIG will also assess staff perceptions related to gender equity and the reasons why staff have those perceptions.

Review of the Department’s Oversight of Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Activities

The OIG is examining DOJ’s asset seizure and forfeiture activities from FY 2007 to FY 2014, with particular attention paid to the forfeiture of seized cash. Additionally, the OIG is reviewing the effects of recent DOJ policy limiting the ability of DOJ agencies to adopt assets seized under state law.

Review of the FBI's Identification and Handling of Alleged Deception or Countermeasures in Employee Polygraph Examinations

The OIG is conducting a review of the FBI's process for identifying and handling alleged deception or countermeasures in 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 Tribal Law Enforcement

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.

Updated: September 2016

OIG Mission

To detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.

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