Other DOJ Components

Ongoing Work

Audits of DOJ and Select Components Annual Financial Statements

The OIG is conducting audits of DOJ and select components' annual financial statements for FY 2018. Pursuant to Section 304(a) of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as expanded by Section 405(b) of the Government Management Reform Act of 1994, the OIG is required to perform an audit of DOJ's annual financial statements. In addition, the following components will receive a standalone audit for FY 2018: the Assets Forfeiture Fund and Seized Asset Deposit Fund, FBI, BOP, and Federal Prison Industries.

The OIG is also conducting an audit of the annual closing package financial statements of DOJ in accordance with Volume 1, Part 2-Chapter 4700 of the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Manual. Its purpose is to assist Treasury in preparing the U.S. Government Financial Report by reclassifying DOJ’s general-purpose financial statements into a standard format that will be consolidated with other federal agencies, and by reporting DOJ’s intragovernmental balances by federal agency to facilitate elimination of transactions between federal agencies.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The OIG 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Updated: December 2018