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Office of the Inspector General

Work Encompassing More Than One DOJ Component

Ongoing Work

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.

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.

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.

DOJ 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) the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office of Justice Programs 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.

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 recidivism enhancements in certain drug cases.

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.

DEA Task Orders Awarded to Maximus, Inc.

The OIG is auditing DEA task orders issued to Maximus, Inc. 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.

Asset Forfeiture Oversight

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.

Follow-up Audit of the Department of Justice’s Implementation of and Compliance with Certain Classification Requirements

The OIG initiated a statutorily required follow-up audit of the Department’s implementation of and compliance with certain classification requirements. The objective of this audit is to assess the Department’s progress in implementing the OIG’s recommendations from its September 2013 report on this topic.

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.

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.

Denials from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

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.

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.

ATF's Oversight of Certain Storefront Operations

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.

Updated: June 2016

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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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