October 1, 2002–March 31, 2003
Office of the Inspector General
OTHER DEPARTMENT COMPONENTS
U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE
The USMS is responsible for protecting the federal judiciary, transporting federal prisoners, protecting endangered federal witnesses, managing assets seized from criminal enterprises, and pursuing and arresting federal fugitives. The director and deputy director of the USMS work with 94 U.S. marshals, each appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, to direct the activities of 95 district offices and approximately 4,000 staff stationed at more than 350 locations throughout the 50 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In the District of New Jersey, a deputy U.S. marshal assigned to the Camden, New Jersey, sub-office pled guilty to an information charging him with theft of government money. An investigation by the New York Field Office, assisted by the USMS, determined that the deputy U.S. marshal stole $11,788 in seized money from the USMS's vault in Camden, New Jersey.
THE USMS'S JUDICIAL SECURITY PROGRAM
We are reviewing the operational changes in the USMS since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The purpose of the review is to: (1) identify what changes to USMS policies and procedures have been implemented to address the increased threat of terrorism, and (2) determine the extent of the implementation and the impact of these changes on USMS operations.
USMS MEDICAL CARE
This audit is assessing whether management controls established by the USMS will reasonably assure that: (1) detainees are provided necessary health care, (2) detainees are screened for communicable diseases, (3) costs are necessary and reasonable, and (4) detainees are provided secure transport to off-site facilities to receive medical treatment.
U.S. ATTORNEYS' OFFICES
U.S. Attorneys serve as the federal government's principal criminal and civil litigators and conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. Under the direction of the Attorney General, 93 U.S. Attorneys are stationed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. U.S. Attorneys are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Each U.S. Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her jurisdiction.
THE USAOs' CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE PLANS
In order to maximize the USAOs' ability to respond quickly and appropriately to a critical incident, the Attorney General directed each USAO to develop a critical incident response plan. This review is examining whether the plans have been developed and submitted to the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) as required, and whether the plans assist the USAOs in responding effectively to critical incidents within their jurisdictions. The review is also assessing the level of training and support provided the USAOs in developing the plans and efforts the USAOs made to test the plans to ensure their effectiveness.
VENDOR PAYMENTS AND CREDIT CARD USAGE IN THE USAOs
This audit is reviewing vendor payments and credit card usage in the USAOs and the EOUSA to determine whether payments were made according to the policies prescribed by the EOUSA and other relevant authorities and to examine the EOUSA's performance measurement activities related to vendor payments and credit card usage.