United States Marshals Service

Ongoing Work

Audit of the Court Security Procurement Process

The OIG initiated an audit of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) court security officer services procurement. The objective is to assess the USMS's management of and processes for procuring court security officer services contracts.

Contract Awarded to Operate the Leavenworth Detention Center

The OIG is conducting an audit of a contract valued at nearly $700 million awarded to Corrections Corporation of America to operate the Leavenworth Detention Center located in Leavenworth, Kansas. The preliminary objective is to assess USMS and the contractor's administration of and compliance with contract terms and conditions.

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 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.

USMS Hiring Practices

The OIG is investigating multiple allegations of improper or inappropriate hiring practices by officials at the United States Marshals Service (USMS), including allegations of nepotism, favoritism, and quid pro quo arrangements. The OIG is also examining the Department’s response to a letter from a Member of Congress to the Department regarding allegations of inappropriate hiring practices at USMS and whether officials at the USMS Office of General Counsel failed to ensure the Department’s response to the Member of Congress was accurate and complete.

Updated: November 2016