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Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ongoing Work

FBI's Cyber Threat Mitigation Strategy

The objective of the audit is to assess the FBI's cyber threat mitigation strategy. This audit will examine the FBI's approach to address cyber threats. The FBI's approach is intended to address these threats through a structured and strategic approach, identifying the perpetrators, their tradecraft, intent, capabilities, and affiliation.

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

The OIG is examining 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. We issued reports on those reviews in March 2007 and March 2008, respectively. We issued a third report in May of this year that assessed the FBI’s and Department’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 will examine, among other things, the effectiveness of Section 215 as an investigative tool and the FBI’s compliance with the minimization procedures the Department approved and implemented in 2013.

Oversight of Asset Seizure Activities

The OIG is examining the Department’s oversight of asset seizure activities, with a focus on assessing the scope of federal seizure operations and the success rate of those actions, as well as the nature and extent of Department-organized or funded asset seizure training initiatives. The OIG’s review will cover the policies, practices, documentation, and outcomes of these activities and training programs for FY 2007 through FY 2014.

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.

Denials from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

The OIG is auditing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which provides criminal background checks in support of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. The OIG will evaluate the effectiveness of processes related to the FBI’s referral of denials to ATF; ATF’s initial screening and referral of denials to its field offices for investigation; ATF field offices’ investigation of denials; and the U.S. Attorney Offices’ prosecution of crimes associated with denials.

The Department’s Use of Extended Temporary Duty Travel

The OIG is auditing the Department’s Use of Extended Temporary Duty Travel (TDY). The preliminary objectives of the audit are to evaluate whether the Department, specifically the FBI, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Offices and Executive Office for United States Attorneys, and National Security Division:  (1) are making appropriate use of extended TDY, (2) have sound extended TDY policies and practices that promote cost effectiveness, and (3) have adequate tracking systems and documentation for extended TDY expenditures.

Updated: August 2015

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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