Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ongoing Work

Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Covert Contracts

To assess the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) awarding and administration of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Review of Department of Justice's Implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013

We will review the Department of Justice's actions to implement the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 since the law's enactment in December 2014.

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 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.

Updated: March 2018