April 1, 2001 – September 30, 2001
Office of the Inspector General
OTHER OIG ACTIVITIES
OIG personnel regularly offer their expertise to Department components
and to the governmental community and serve as instructors for various training
activities. For example, during this reporting period:
OIG investigators conducted 64 Integrity Awareness Briefings for Department
employees throughout the country. These briefings are designed to educate
employees about the misuse of a public official’s position for personal gain
and to deter employees from committing such offenses. The briefings reached
more than 1,907 employees with a message highlighting the devastating effect
corruption has on both the employee and the agency.
Investigations, with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division,
conducted a Civil Rights Investigation training conference in San Diego,
California. The conference focused on procedural issues associated with
investigating civil rights cases, prosecutorial issues that affect civil
rights matters, a legal overview of civil rights criminal statutes, and
discussion of concerns and problems associated with addressing civil rights
matters. The conference was attended by OIG special agents and personnel from
the USAOs for the Southern and Central Districts of California; the Border
Patrol’s San Diego and El Centro Sectors; the FBI’s San Diego Field Office;
and the BOP’s Office of Internal Affairs, Washington, DC, and Metropolitan
Correctional Center, San Diego, California.
At the request of the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development,
Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Investigations personnel met with two foreign
dignitaries to discuss the function and role of the OIG within the Department.
The Commander of the New South ýales Police Department, Australia, and the
Chief Prosecutor in Hungary traveled to the United States to learn how federal
law enforcement and prosecutorial components operate and, more specifically,
to learn about control of corruption within law enforcement agencies.
Investigations personnel discussed such issues as special investigative
techniques, multi-agency task forces, and curbing police and judicial
corruption. E&I and Audit staff also participated in the briefing.
Investigations and E&I staff met with a Republic of Georgia Ministry of
Justice official and an OPDAT representative in connection with the
Department’s plan to assist the Republic of Georgia in revamping its
correctional system. Investigations provided statistics concerning BOP
complaints the OIG investigated and the resulting arrests and administrative
actions taken against BOP employees. Investigations staff also provided
information about investigative training resources and OIG investigative
techniques. E&I staff discussed resources available for assistance in
developing corrections procedures and provided several contacts in
At the request of the BOP, a special agent from the El Paso Field Office
participated in the South Central Region Community Corrections Contracting
Conference. The special agent provided training information to contractors
conducting investigations at major detention centers and discussed integrity
issues that affect community corrections contract staff. The special agent
used case examples to provide guidance on how the OIG and the community
corrections staff could coordinate corruption investigations.
The special agent in charge of the FDO participated as an instructor in the
Inspector General Academy’s new Contract and Grant Fraud course for
investigators in the IG community. In addition, he and Antitrust Division
staff presented a training program to INS and BOP contract managers on fraud
and anticompetitive practices in the construction industry.
The OIG continues to provide support to the Inspectors General Auditor
Training Institute. A member of the Audit staff serves as an instructor for
the course on Federal Financial Statement Auditing. This course provides
guidance for auditors performing audits required by the Chief Financial
Officer Act and the Government Management Reform Act and instructs them on the
use of the recently issued GAO/PCIE Financial Audit Manual, compliance with
Government Auditing Standards, and audit requirements of the OMB.
E&I and Audit staff briefed members of the House Judiciary Committee on
OIG reviews of the INS and distributed executive summaries of recent work
At the request of the staff of Senator Dianne Feinstein, E&I staff
presented a briefing on the results of two reviews completed during this
reporting period on Juvenile Repatriation Practices at Border Patrol Sectors
on the Southwest Border and Unaccompanied Juveniles in INS Custody. Our
findings are pertinent to Senate bill 121, introduced by Senator Feinstein,
which addresses INS custody of unaccompanied juveniles.
In addition to the work it conducts within the Department, the OIG
participates in cooperative endeavors with other entities. Noteworthy activities
during this reporting period are described below.
The San Diego Field Office participates, along with the FBI, DEA, U.S.
Customs Office of Internal Affairs, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in the
San Diego Border Corruption Task Force (BCTF) that investigates allegations of
corruption against federal law enforcement officials. Of the 21 ongoing BCTF
investigations, 12 were initially reported to the OIG’s San Diego Field
The Tucson Field Office participates, along with the FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs
Service Office of Internal Affairs, and IRS, in the Southern Arizona
Corruption Task Forces in Tucson and Yuma, Arizona, that investigate
allegations of corruption against federal law enforcement officials.
Currently, the groups have 12 employee-related corruption matters under
The McAllen Field Office (MCFO) participates, along with the FBI, DEA, U.S.
Customs Office of Internal Affairs, IRS, Texas Department of Public Safety,
Texas Rangers, and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, in the South Texas
Public Corruption Task Force that investigates allegations of corruption
against local and federal law enforcement officials. Currently, there are
three ongoing OIG/FBI joint task force investigations targeting Department
personnel accused of bribery. The MCFO representative also assists the FBI and
Texas Rangers in a variety of cases, including civil rights, narcotics, and
bribery investigations. In particular, the MCFO representative provided
technical equipment assistance to the Texas Rangers that resulted in gathering
evidence against corrupt Rio Grande Valley public officials.
Audit continues to participate in the Department’s Financial Statement
Working Group meetings. These meetings provide continuing guidance to
Department components on the compilation of consolidated and component
Audit participated in the interagency group that revised the GAO’s
Financial Audit Manual, which will be used by the IG community, GAO, and
independent public accountants in performing federal financial statement
Audit continues to participate in the Federal Audit Executive Council’s
Financial Statement Audit Network, which meets monthly to discuss common audit
and accounting issues. The network, which includes representatives from OMB,
other Executive branch agencies, GAO, and the Federal Accounting Standards
Advisory Board, represented the PCIE while working with GAO to develop a
Financial Audit Manual (FAM). Audit participated in drafting the joint
GAO-PCIE FAM, issued in July 2001.
At the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
E&I staff met with HHS officials to discuss the DEA’s sporadic reporting
of drug registration revocations to the National Practitioners Data Bank (as
required by the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1996) and its failure
to report voluntary surrenders of licenses in lieu of revocations. Through a
series of meetings and other communications, the OIG facilitated resolution of
the problems between the DEA and HHS.
The IG Act directs the OIG to review proposed legislation and
regulations relating to the programs and operations of the Department. Although
the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs reviews all proposed or enacted
legislation that could affect the Department’s activities, the OIG independently
reviews proposed legislation that affects it or legislation that relates to
waste, fraud, or abuse in the Department’s programs or operations. During this
reporting period, the OIG reviewed several dozen pieces of legislation,
including (1) House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Department (the Senate
bill contains a provision that would codify the Attorney General’s recent
expansion of the OIG’s investigative jurisdiction over the FBI and DEA), (2)
legislation responding to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the
United States, (3) the Department of Defense reauthorization bill regarding OIG
audits of Superfund expenditures, and (4) an amendment to the Foreign Relations
Authorization Act that would add OIG audits, inspections, and investigative
reports to the list of exclusions from the definition of “grievance” for
purposes of action under the Foreign Service Grievance Board.
IG Fine testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on June
20, 2001, about the OIG’s oversight work in the FBI. He discussed the OIG’s
jurisdiction to investigate allegations of misconduct in the FBI (at the time of
the hearing, the Attorney General had not yet expanded the OIG’s jurisdiction in
this area). He also highlighted the results of significant OIG reviews of FBI
matters, including our review of allegations into improper practices in the FBI
Laboratory, the handling of sensýtive intelligence information related to the
Campaign Finance investigation, and our review of the FBI’s performance in
uncovering the espionage activities of former Central Intelligence Agency
employee Aldrich Ames. IG Fine also discussed the OIG’s ongoing reviews of the
Hanssen spy matter and the belated production of documents in the Oklahoma City
During this reporting period, the OIG responded to numerous congressional
requests for information, including a request from the Chairman and Ranking
Minority Member of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs for an
assessment of the Department’s top ten performance measures.
The PCIE consists of the 28 Presidentially appointed IGs in the
federal government. OIG staff participate in a variety of PCIE activities and
serve on numerous PCIE committees and subgroups. During this reporting period,
the OIG coordinated the development and publication of the PCIE and ECIE
(Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency) community’s A Progress Report to
the President for FY 2000. The 75-page report highlights the significant
accomplishments of federal IGs during FY 2000.
Audit staff continued to serve as the OIG’s representative to the PCIE OIG
GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act) Coordinators’ Interest Group, a
committee that addresses consistency issues when OIGs deal with Congress, the
OMB, and GAO on GPRA issues.