Department of Justice Conference Expenditures

Audit Report 07-42
September 2007
Office of the Inspector General

Appendix III
Conference Facts and Summaries

The following charts contain facts and summaries for the 10 conferences selected for our audit.

1. OJJDP National Conference

Formal Name: The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Conference: “Building on Success: Providing Today’s Youth With Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow”

Dates Held: January 9 to 13, 2006
Venue: Washington Hilton Hotel
Location: Washington, D.C.
No. of Registrants: 1,831
No. of DOJ Registrants: 31
Conference Summary: Held following the report issued by the White House’s Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth, the conference was sponsored by the Coordinating Council and OJJDP to bring together the programs, practices, and strategies to promote the collaboration of federal, state, and local juvenile justice and delinquency prevention collaboration programs. Conference speakers included the Attorney General, who chairs the Coordinating Council, and First Lady Laura Bush.

2. Weed and Seed Conference

Formal Name: The 2005 Community Capacity Development Office National Conference: “Strengthening Communities One Block at a Time”

OJP Logo DOJ Sponsor: OJP/CCDO
Dates Held: August 22 to 25, 2005
Venue: Westin Bonaventure Hotel
Location: Los Angeles, CA
No. of Registrants: 1,542
No. of DOJ Registrants: 127
Conference Summary: As part of its mission to help communities develop solutions to public safety problems and strengthen community leadership to implement and sustain those solutions, the CCDO held the 2005 Weed and Seed Conference. The conference included discussions of community policing, neighborhood restoration, Weed and Seed program administration, community engagement.

3. PSN National Conference

Formal Name: The 2006 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference

BJA Logo DOJ Sponsor: OJP/BJA
Dates Held: May 2 to 5, 2006
Venue: Denver Convention Center
Location: Denver, CO
No. of Registrants: 1,330
No. of DOJ Registrants: 641
Conference Summary: The PSN National Conference offered training to representatives from judicial districts and the PSN task forces to highlight best practices from successful programs, collaboration techniques, and effective methods for combating gun crime. According to BJA, participants learned the latest and most promising practices in reducing gun crime from national and local experts. Keynote speeches were given by the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, while President Bush offered remarks via videotape.

4. OVC National Symposium

Formal Name: The Fourth National Symposium on Victims of Federal Crime

OVC Logo DOJ Sponsor: OJP/OVC
Dates Held: March 7 to 11, 2005
Venue: Atlanta Hilton Hotel & Towers
Location: Atlanta, GA
No. of Registrants: 787
No. of DOJ Registrants: 302
Conference Summary: According to OVC, the Symposium brought together representatives from federal, tribal, and military criminal programs to improve federal crime victim assistance. Victim advocates, mental health practitioners, law enforcement officers, criminal investigators, prosecutors, correctional officers, members of the clergy, and physicians learned from national experts about the impact of crime on individuals and the latest and most promising practices being developed across the country.

5. CCDO LEC Conference

Formal Name: The 2006 CCDO Law Enforcement Conference: “The Spirit of Service: Enforce, Empower, and Revitalize”

OJP Logo DOJ Sponsor: OJP/CCDO
Dates Held: August 14 to 17, 2006
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center
Location: Phoenix, AZ
No. of Registrants: 1,329
No. of DOJ Registrants: 145
Conference Summary: The focus of the CCDO Law Enforcement Conference was to present the latest technology trends in law enforcement to assist communities with preventing and controlling crime. Participants from local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations met with community leaders and received information on crime abatement, community development and strategic planning, neighborhood revitalization efforts, and safety.

6. NIJ Technology Conference

Formal Name: The Seventh Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Exposition

NIJ Logo DOJ Sponsor: OJP/NIJ
Dates Held: October 31 to November 2, 2005
Venue: Marriott Hotel and Marina
Location: San Diego, CA
No. of Registrants: 1,315
No. of DOJ Registrants: 23
Conference Summary: The NIJ Technology Conference is an annual event held for law enforcement representatives and technology developers. This conference focused on informing the first responder community of the federal government’s technology efforts by sharing research initiatives. The conference was also supported by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

7. FBI Polygraph Conference

Formal Name: FBI Annual Polygraph Examiner’s Conference
FBI Logo DOJ Sponsor: FBI
Dates Held: June 26 to July 1, 2005
Venue: Marriott Center City Hotel
Location: Minneapolis, MN
No. of Registrants: 98
No. of DOJ Registrants: 98
Conference Summary: Held each year, the FBI Polygraph Conference addresses Department of Defense Polygraph Institute training requirements for field division polygraph examiners. Specifically, the conference taught polygraph examination and interrogation techniques that should be used in counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases.

8. COPS National Conference

Formal Name: 2006 National Community Policing Conference: “Community Policing: Leading the Way to a Safer Nation”

COPS Logo DOJ Sponsor: COPS
Dates Held: July 27 to 29, 2006
Venue: Washington Hilton Hotel
Location: Washington, D.C.
No. of Registrants: 1,437
No. of DOJ Registrants: 140
Conference Summary: According to COPS, attendees at the COPS National Conference discussed and learned new strategies on cutting-edge community policing approaches. The conference also featured interactive forums and training sessions to network and build partnerships with leaders from various public safety disciplines. Attendees included representatives from federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations, school and campus safety officials, community groups, and training academies.

9. FBI ITEC Conference

Formal Name: The 2006 FBI Information Technology Exchange Conference

FBI Logo DOJ Sponsor: FBI
Dates Held: August 7 to 10, 2006
Venue: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Location: San Antonio, TX
No. of Registrants: 306
No. of DOJ Registrants: 293
Conference Summary: The FBI ITEC Conference presented network, computer, and case software updates to FBI field division personnel who work with information technology.

10. FBI Cambodia Conference

Formal Name: The FBI Office of International Operations Asia Unit Regional Training Conference

FBI Logo DOJ Sponsor: FBI
Dates Held: March 12 to 17, 2006
Venue: U.S. Embassy
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
No. of Registrants: 46
No. of DOJ Registrants: 41
Conference Summary: FBI legal attaches in the Office of International Operation’s Asia Unit attended the training and networking conference to discuss common regional problems and issues. According to the FBI, the conference provided a focused learning environment that included presenters from DOJ and federal intelligence organizations.

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