The Department of Justice's Terrorism Task Forces
Evaluation and Inspections Report I-2005-007
Office of the Inspector General
We concluded that the task forces and councils have enhanced information sharing, partnerships, and investigative capabilities for the Department's counterterrorism efforts. The task forces and councils have separate functions that generally are not duplicative, and they strengthen the Department's counterterrorism infrastructure and relationships with other federal, state, local, and private agencies. However, although we recognize that the task forces and councils were established or expanded quickly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we found that the Department has not ensured their organizational development or that all their functions have been accomplished. We concluded that the Department:
From an organizational development perspective, we concluded that the Department:
To aid in the improvement of the task forces' and councils' operations, we made 28 recommendations some of which include Department-wide issues, others of which address individual task forces and councils. Appendix I contains a complete list of the issues and recommendations. We believe that if the Department pursues these recommendations, its counterterrorism capabilities will be enhanced.