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Office of the Inspector General

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Ongoing Work

Review of the Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations by the Department of Justice's Civil Division

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.

Administration and Enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

The OIG is conducting an audit of the NSD’s Administration and Enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The preliminary objectives of the audit are to review and evaluate the monitoring and enforcement actions taken by DOJ to ensure appropriate registration and to identify areas where DOJ might make administrative, or seek legislative, improvements of FARA enforcement.

Review of Tribal Law Enforcement

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.

Administration of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

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 the Special Master manage the fund, as well as how JMD supports the Victim Compensation Fund operations through legal and administrative contracts.

Office of Justice Programs’ Crime Victims Fund

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.

Review of the OJJDP Title II Formula Grant Program

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.

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.

Tribal Justice Infrastructure Program

The Tribal Justice Infrastructure Program (TJIP), 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 TJIP 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 TJIP, 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.

Pre-trial Diversion and Drug Court Programs

Pre-trial diversion and drug court programs are alternatives to incarceration that enable prosecutors, judges, and correctional officials to divert certain offenders from traditional criminal justice proceedings into programs designed to address the underlying cause for criminal behavior. This OIG audit will evaluate the design and implementation of the programs, variances in the usage of the programs among the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and costs savings associated with successful program participants.

Updated: May 2016

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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In memory of OIG Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner