Work Encompassing More Than One DOJ Component
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 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.
ATF's Investigation of the Osorio and Barba Firearms Trafficking Rings
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.
Audits of DOJ and Select Components’ Annual Financial Statements
The OIG is conducting audits of DOJ and select components’ annual financial statements for FY 2016. 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 2016: the Assets Forfeiture Fund and Seized Asset Deposit Fund, FBI, BOP, and FPI.
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.
Compliance under the Improper Payments and Elimination Recovery Act of 2010 for FY 2016
As required by IPERA, the OIG is performing an annual review of DOJ’s FY 2016 annual financial report to determine its accuracy and compliance with IPERA’s requirements.
Department of Justice's Award Closeout Process
The OIG is auditing the Department of Justice's award closeout process. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) ensure that expired grants are closed properly and in a timely manner; (2) ensure that grant funds are appropriately managed after award periods have ended, including deobligations and subsequent drawdowns; and (3) determine whether appropriate controls are in place to ensure that closeout data reported by recipients is accurate and supported.
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 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). As part of this examination, the OIG will review a statistically valid sampling of the spending data submitted to Congress by the Department and report on the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data sampled and the implementation and use of data standards.
DOJ’s Efforts to Address Patterns or Practices of Police Misconduct and Provide Technical Assistance on Accountability Reform to Police Departments
The OIG is examining how (1) the Civil Rights Division identifies and selects potential patterns or practices of unlawful police conduct for investigation, (2) COPS’ and OJP’s direct technical assistance for accountability reforms to police departments addressing concerns over alleged misconduct, and (3) these agencies coordinate their efforts and assess their results, including any opportunities to leverage programs within the Community Relations Service.
Follow-up Audit of the Handling of Known or Suspected Terrorists Admitted into the Federal Witness Security Program
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.
Joint Review on Domestic Sharing of Counterterrorism Information
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.
Review of Allegations Regarding Various Actions by the Department of Justice and the FBI in Advance of the 2016 Election
The OIG, in response to Congressional and other requests, is reviewing allegations regarding various actions by the Department and the FBI in advance of the 2016 election. The review will examine whether the Department and the FBI followed policies or procedures in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI Director’s public announcement on July 5, 2016, and the Director’s letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016, and whether certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations. The review also will examine allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters, that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs improperly disclosed non-public information and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters, that other Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information, and that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI’s release of certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on October 30 and November 1, 2016, and the use of a Twitter account to publicize this release, were influenced by improper considerations. The review will not substitute the OIG's judgment for the judgments made by the FBI or the Department regarding the substantive merits of investigative or prosecutive decisions. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.
Review of DOJ’s FY 2016 Drug Control Funds and Performance Summary Reporting
The OIG is reviewing the FY 2016 annual accounting of drug control funds and related performance of DOJ’s Assets Forfeiture Fund, Criminal Division, DEA, BOP, OJP, USAOs, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, and USMS, 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.
Review of Gender Equity in the Department of Justice Law Enforcement Components
The OIG is examining gender equity in the Department's law enforcement components, specifically ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The review will include an assessment of component demographics, gender discrimination complaints, and the complaint process. The OIG will also assess staff perceptions related to gender equity and the reasons why staff have those perceptions.
Review of the Department's Clemency Process
The OIG is assessing the Department’s clemency process. Following the OIG's 2011 report on the Department’s processing of clemency petitions, this review will focus on the period from fiscal year 2012 to the present and will assess the procedures utilized by the Department and the impact of the Department's new criteria for prioritizing commutation petitions.
Review of the Department’s Implementation of the Principles regarding Prosecution and Sentencing Reform under the Smart on Crime Initiative
The OIG initiated a review of the Department’s implementation of certain principles regarding prosecution and sentencing reform it announced in the Smart on Crime initiative. The OIG will assess compliance with the Department policy on the development of prosecution priorities and the Department’s revisions to its charging and sentencing policies, specifically related to charging drug quantities implicating mandatory minimum sentences, and the application of recidivist enhancements in certain drug cases.
Review of the Department’s Oversight of Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Activities
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.
Review of the Department’s Violent Crime Initiatives
The OIG is reviewing the Department's strategic planning and accountability measures for combatting violent crime, including coordination across Department prosecution, law enforcement, and grant making components; and strategic planning for providing assistance to communities that are confronting significant increases in homicides and gun violence.
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.
Task Orders Awarded to Maximus, Inc.
The OIG is auditing DEA task orders issued to Maximus, Inc., for financial investigative support services. The audit objectives are to: (1) determine whether Maximus and its subcontractor complied with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to the contract; (2) assess contract performance; and (3) assess how the DEA and JMD administered the subject task orders.