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Federal Bureau of Prisons Management of Construction Contracts

Report No. 02-32
August 2002
Office of the Inspector General



We audited the BOP’s management of construction contracts and performed audit work between July 2001 and April 2002. Our audit included a review of selected new prison construction projects and related transactions.

In connection with the audit, and as required by the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, we tested transactions and records to obtain reasonable assurance about the agency’s compliance with laws and regulations that, if not complied with, in our judgment could have a material effect on program operations.  Compliance with laws and regulations applicable to the contracting for and construction of new prisons is the responsibility of BOP management.

Our audit included examining, on a test basis, evidence concerning laws and regulations.  The specific laws and regulations for which we conducted tests were the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Our tests indicated that, for the contracts and records tested, the BOP generally complied with the provisions of applicable laws, and guidelines, except as noted in the report.  With respect to those transactions not tested, nothing came to our attention that caused us to believe the BOP was not in compliance with applicable laws.