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Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2002–March 31, 2003
Office of the Inspector General


The OIG has created a list of top management challenges in the Department annually since 1998, initially in response to congressional requests but in recent years as part of the Department's annual Performance and Accountability Report. Because of the INS's transfer from the Department to the DHS, we did not include INS programs in this year's list of top management challenges facing the Department. Instead, the OIG developed a separate list of top management challenges facing the INS. (See the INS section of this Report.)

While the top management challenges are not listed in order of seriousness, it is clear to us that the top challenge facing the Department is its ongoing response to the threat of terrorism. This year, in addition to updating management challenges that have appeared on the OIG list in previous years, we added two new challenges - "Human Capital" and "Procurement."

Top Management Challenges in the Department of Justice - 2002

  1. Counterterrorism
  2. Sharing of Intelligence and Law Enforcement Information
  3. Computer Systems Security
  4. Information Systems Planning and Implementation
  5. Procurement
  6. Financial Statements and Systems
  7. Grant Management
  8. Performance-Based Management
  9. Human Capital
  10. Department of Justice Reorganization

Detailed information about this list and an overview of the OIG's efforts to assist the Department in developing strategies to address these management challenges can be found on the OIG's website at