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.
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 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 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.