The OIG is conducting a follow-up audit of the Department’s handling of known or suspected terrorists admitted into the federal Witness Security Program (Program). The preliminary objectives are to review the Department’s handling of known or suspected terrorists admitted to the Program, practices for watchlisting and processing encounters with this group of Program participants, and procedures for mitigating risks to the public through restrictions placed on this high-risk group of Program participants.
In response to a Congressional request, the Inspectors General of the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a coordinated, joint review focusing on domestic sharing of counterterrorism information. The objectives of this review are to: (1) identify and examine the federally supported field-based intelligence entities engaged in counterterrorism information-sharing to determine their overall missions, specific functions, capabilities, funding, and personnel and facility costs; (2) determine whether counterterrorism information is being adequately and appropriately shared with all participating agencies; and (3) identify any gaps and/or duplication of effort among the entities.
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.
The OIG is continuing to examine Department of Justice conference expenditures. The preliminary objective is to review Department of Justice expenditures for conferences after the Deputy Attorney General’s March 5, 2013, memorandum and to determine whether components complied with the Deputy Attorney General’s instruction to postpone or scale back planned conferences.
The OIG is auditing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which provides criminal background checks in support of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. The OIG will evaluate the effectiveness of processes related to the FBI’s referral of denials to ATF; ATF’s initial screening and referral of denials to its field offices for investigation; ATF field offices’ investigation of denials; and the U.S. Attorney Offices’ prosecution of crimes associated with denials.
The OIG is auditing the Department’s Use of Extended Temporary Duty Travel (TDY). The preliminary objectives of the audit are to evaluate whether the Department, specifically the FBI, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Offices and Executive Office for United States Attorneys, and National Security Division: (1) are making appropriate use of extended TDY, (2) have sound extended TDY policies and practices that promote cost effectiveness, and (3) have adequate tracking systems and documentation for extended TDY expenditures.
The OIG is reviewing the Department’s and ATF’s implementation of recommendations in the OIG’s September 2012 report, A Review of Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters. The OIG made six recommendations in that report designed to increase oversight of ATF operations, improve coordination among the Department’s law enforcement components, and enhance the Department’s wiretap application review and authorization process. Since the Fast and Furious report was issued, the Department has provided the OIG with information describing measures it has taken to implement the OIG’s recommendations. The current review will examine this and other information to evaluate the progress and effectiveness of these measures.
The OIG is reviewing allegations that ATF failed to timely investigate and arrest subjects involved in trafficking firearms that were used in an attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Mexico in 2011. One of the agents, Jaime Zapata, died from injuries he sustained during the attack. The OIG investigation is examining the information that was available to ATF about the firearms traffickers prior to Agent Zapata’s death.
The OIG is reviewing ATF’s oversight of certain of its storefront operations. One of the key findings of the OIG’s September 2012 report, A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters, was that ATF failed to exercise sufficient oversight of activities that posed a danger to the public or otherwise presented special risks. ATF recognized this problem and established a Monitored Case Program to improve its oversight capabilities. The OIG’s review will examine several storefront operations that continued or began after the inception of the Monitored Case Program, and evaluate the effectiveness of the Monitored Case Program as an oversight tool.