Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2004–September 30, 2004
Office of the Inspector General

Legislation and Regulations

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 and legislation that relates to waste, fraud, or abuse in the Department's programs or operations.

During this reporting period, the OIG reviewed a variety of legislation, including a bill to reauthorize the Department that included a provision that would establish an Office of Audit, Assessment, and Management within OJP. In addition, the OIG reviewed legislation that, among other things, would permit off-duty and retired federal law enforcement agents to carry weapons and a bill under which the OIG would review compliance by states that receive Department grants to improve their capital representation and prosecution programs.