Work Encompassing More Than One DOJ Component
Audits of DOJ and Select Components Annual Financial Statements
The OIG is conducting audits of DOJ and select components' annual financial statements for FY 2018. 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 2018: the Assets Forfeiture Fund and Seized Asset Deposit Fund, FBI, BOP, and Federal Prison Industries.
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.
Audit of Efforts to Safeguard Minors in Department of Justice Youth-Centered Programs
The OIG is conducting an audit of the efforts to safeguard minors in DOJ youth-centered programs. The preliminary scope includes Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence Against Women youth-centered grant programs involving persons who work directly with minors, for FY 2017. The OIG's preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine whether entities receiving DOJ funds have implemented appropriate controls, such as screening and background checks, for individuals working or volunteering in programs involving minors; and (2) assess DOJ efforts to ensure that grantees adequately mitigate the risk of victimization of minors who participate in its youth-centered programs.
BOP Counterterrorism Efforts
The OIG is conducting an audit of the BOP's counterterrorism efforts. The preliminary objectives are to review the BOP’s policies, procedures, and practices for monitoring communications of inmates with known or suspected ties to domestic and foreign terrorism and its efforts to prevent further radicalization among its inmate population.
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 DATA Act. Through memorandum M-15-12, Increasing Transparency of Federal Spending by Making Federal Spending Data Accessible, Searchable, and Reliable, the Office of Management and Budget provided guidance to federal agencies on the requirements that agencies must employ pursuant to the DATA Act. The OIG will review a statistically valid sampling of the fiscal year 2019 spending data submitted, and submit to Congress and make publicly available a report assessing the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data sampled.
Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Information Technology Security Evaluation Pursuant to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014
The OIG is conducting the annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) evaluation for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The OIG will use independent certified public accounting firms, under its direction, to evaluate the specific requirements of the Office of Management and Budget’s FY 2017 guidelines and to complete the Department of Homeland Security’s FY 2017 Reporting Metrics. FISMA requires that the OIG, or independent evaluators selected by the OIG, perform an annual independent evaluation of DOJ’s security programs and practices.
Gender Equity in the Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Components
The OIG is examining gender equity in ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The review will include an examination of component demographics and staff data related to promotions and gender discrimination complaints. The OIG will also assess staff perceptions related to gender equity and analyze the reasons for those perceptions.
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 Cooperation between the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in Southwest Border Criminal Investigations
The Inspectors General of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DHS) are jointly reviewing cooperation primarily between the FBI, DHS’ Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices on criminal investigations along the U.S. Southwest border. This review will focus on deconflicting investigations and operations, as well as sharing information on investigations conducted by the FBI and HSI and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
Review of Department of Justice's Implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013
We will review the Department of Justice's actions to implement the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 since the law's enactment in December 2014.
Review of the Department's Clemency Initiative
The OIG is assessing the Department’s clemency process, as well as its implementation and management of the Clemency Initiative. This review will focus on the period from fiscal year 2014 to January 2017 and will assess the procedures utilized by the Department and the impact of the Department's criteria for prioritizing commutation petitions.
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 the Federal Bureau of Prisons' and U.S. Marshals Service's Pharmaceutical Drug Costs for Inmates and Detainees
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is initiating a review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) and U.S. Marshals Service's (USMS) pharmaceutical drug costs for inmates and detainees. This review will examine the budgetary impact of pharmaceutical drugs on the BOP and USMS, as well as their processes for obtaining pharmaceutical drugs.
Sponsorship of Foreign Nationals for Law Enforcement Purposes
The OIG is conducting an audit of DOJ's sponsorship of foreign nationals for law enforcement purposes. The objectives are to evaluate: (1) the Criminal Division’s management of foreign national sponsorship activities, including its policies and procedures for reviewing and processing requests to sponsor foreign nationals; (2) Department law enforcement and prosecuting components’ handling of sponsored foreign nationals and related activity; and (3) Department components’ coordination on foreign national sponsorship-related activities.
To detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.