The OIG is conducting an audit with the preliminary objective of reviewing DOJ’s administration of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which was re-authorized by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Title II of the Act reactivated the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, provided an additional $2.8 billion to compensate claimants, and added new categories of beneficiaries for the fund, including individuals with health conditions that took a long period to develop. As part of this audit, the OIG is reviewing how the Civil Division and Special Master manage the fund, as well as how JMD supports the Victim Compensation Fund operations through legal and administrative contracts. In December 2015, Congress passed the Federal Government Consolidated Appropriations Act of FY 2016, which extended the fund for 5 years and provided an additional $4.6 billion for compensation and administrative costs.
The OIG initiated an audit of the Office of Justice Programs’ Crime Victims Fund (CVF), which was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to provide assistance and grants for victim services throughout the nation. Funding for the CVF is generated from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalties, and special assessments collected from offenders convicted of federal crimes. The OIG will conduct a risk assessment of OJP’s management of the CVF with a preliminary objective to assess the risk associated with managing funding increases.
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.
The OIG is conducting a review of the handling of sexual misconduct allegations by the Department of Justice's Civil Division. The OIG is assessing how the Civil Division responds to sexual misconduct and harassment allegations made against its employees. The OIG is also examining whether penalty guidelines adequately and consistently address proven misconduct.
The OIG initiated a review of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Title II Formula Grants Program, which provides funding directly to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to help implement comprehensive state juvenile justice plans based on needs studies for delinquency prevention and intervention efforts, as well as juvenile justice system improvements. The objectives include assessing compliance with Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act protections and requirements.
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.
The Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP), formerly the Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands Program, funds the planning and construction of new, or renovation of existing, tribal justice facilities. It also funds community-based alternatives to help prevent and control jail overcrowding due to alcohol and other substance abuse-related crime. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the TJSIP in coordination with the Department of the Interior’s BIA, which with tribal grantees, is responsible for supporting, operating, and maintaining the correctional facilities. The OIG’s audit will assess OJP’s management and oversight of the funding provided under the TJSIP, including the contracting activities of grantees, and determine the extent of OJP’s cooperation and coordination with the BIA to ensure efficient and effective correctional services in Indian Country.