Other DOJ Components

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 Criminal Division’s Process for Incoming Mutual Legal Assistance Evidence Requests

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Criminal Division’s Mutual Legal Assistance process, specifically the process for incoming evidence requests, including its response time to incoming requests, caseload management, reform of the Mutual Legal Assistance process, and coordination with DOJ and other entities. Our preliminary objective is to assess the Criminal Division’s process for incoming Mutual Legal Assistance requests.

Audit of the Department of Justice's Compliance with the Geospatial Data Act of 2018

Consistent with the mandate of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018, the OIG initiated an audit of the Department of Justice’s compliance with the statute. The preliminary objective is to assess the Department of Justice’s progress toward meeting the requirements for covered agencies established in the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 under section 759(a).

Audit of the Executive Office for Immigration Review's Financial Management Practices

The OIG initiated an audit of the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) financial management practices. The preliminary objective is to assess EOIR’s efforts to identify effectively its funding needs and execute its budget.

Audit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section's Administration of the Equitable Sharing Program

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section's (MLARS) administration of the Equitable Sharing Program. Our preliminary objectives are to: (1) evaluate MLARS' administration and oversight of the Equitable Sharing program, (2) asses MLARS' oversight of participants' management and use of program funds, and (3) assess MLARS' compliance with regulations and guidelines governing the Equitable Sharing program.

Audit of the Superfund Activities in the Environment and Natural Resources Division for Fiscal Year 2018

The OIG is conducting an audit of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Superfund activities relating to the costs incurred by the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) in litigating Superfund cases. The objective of the audit is to determine if the ENRD provided an equitable distribution of total labor costs, other direct costs, and indirect costs to Superfund cases during FY 2018.

Audits of the U.S. Department of Justice and Select Components Annual Financial Statements Fiscal Year 2020

The OIG is auditing DOJ and select components Annual Financial Statements for fiscal year 2020. 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 the Department’s annual financial statements. Additionally, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 requires an audit of the Assets Forfeiture Fund/Seized Asset Deposit Fund annual financial statements, and the Government Corporation Control Act of 1945, as amended, requires an audit of the Federal Prison Industries, Inc. annual financial statements. The OIG has contracted with the independent public accounting firm, KPMG LLP, to perform the audits.

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.

Environment and Natural Resources Division's Procurement and Administration of Expert Witness Contracts

The OIG is auditing the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s (ENRD) procurement and administration of expert witness contracts. The preliminary objectives of the audit are to assess: (1) the ENRD’s acquisition planning and procurement policies and procedures related to expert witness contracts; and (2) ENRD and contractor compliance with contact terms and conditions.

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.

Inspection and Review of EOIR Immigration Hearings Conducted Via Video Teleconference

The OIG is conducting an inspection and review of Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) immigration hearings, including immigration hearings conducted via video teleconference (VTC) at U.S. Department of Homeland Security tent facilities. This review will assess policies and procedures pertaining to the use of VTCs, the quality of the VTC broadcasts, and the potential effects of the use of VTCs on immigration hearings. The OIG may consider including other issues that may arise during the course of our inspection and review.

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.

Use of Government-Owned Vehicles for Home to Work Transportation by ATF Headquarters Officials

The OIG is conducting a review of the Department’s and ATF’s management and oversight of the use of government-owned vehicles (GOV) by ATF Headquarters officials for travel between their residences and work locations. Such use of GOVs is governed by the ATF’s Home-to-Work Plan, which is authorized by the Attorney General pursuant to 31 U.S.C § 1344. The review will assess whether oversight and management of GOV use by ATF Headquarters officials has been consistent with the Home-to-Work Plan.

Updated: April 2020