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The Federal Bureau of Prisons' Inmate Financial Responsibility Program
Report Number I-2000-023
September 2000


Scope and Methodology

The inspection scope covered the BOP's implementation of the IFRP during fiscal years 1999 and 2000. The inspection covered the IFRP responsibilities and operating procedures of BOP's central and regional offices, institutions, community corrections management offices, and community corrections centers. We conducted the on-site portion of our review between August 23, 1999, through October 28, 1999.

To gain a comprehensive understanding of the IFRP, the inspection team conducted interviews with officials from the BOP Central Office; BOP regional offices, BOP institutions (to include Wardens, Assistant Wardens, attorneys, IFRP coordinators, unit staff, and OFM staff); community corrections management offices, community corrections centers, the Justice Management Division; the Executive Office for United States Attorneys; and the Office for Victims of Crime.

We supplemented and verified the information we obtained during interviews by reviewing pertinent legislation, policies, procedures, records, and reports that reflected the BOP's administration and implementation of the IFRP. While on site at the BOP institutions, we reviewed a total of 486 inmate files to determine the type and amount of financial obligations imposed by the courts, whether BOP staff processed these obligations according to established policy and procedures, and whether manual and automated recordkeeping accurately reflected the financial obligations, payments, and actions taken by BOP staff.