Semiannual Report to Congress

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

Message From the Inspector General

This semiannual report summarizes the audits, evaluations, investigations, and special reviews conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) from April 1, 2004, through September 30, 2004. These reports and activities demonstrate our continued commitment to detecting and deterring waste, fraud, and abuse and promoting economy and efficiency in Department of Justice (Department) operations.

Over the past 15 years, the OIG's focus has changed to address the evolving priorities of the Department. Our work during this reporting period reflects the priorities of the Department. Recent OIG reviews have examined important counterterrorism-related issues, grant management and accountability, the security of computer systems, and other Department top priorities and challenges.

For example, during this reporting period we reviewed the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) ability to translate critical foreign language material and its success in meeting its linguist hiring goals. We also issued a classified review that examined the FBI's handling of certain intelligence information prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Our findings were used by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States in developing its final report.

In other work, we examined the selection, screening, and supervision of Muslim chaplains, contractors, and volunteers who provide religious services to inmates in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition, we reviewed the inspections of federally licensed firearms dealers by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). We also examined protocols and procedures in the FBI's DNA Laboratory and made recommendations to improve laboratory operations. At the same time, we continued to investigate allegations of criminal and administrative misconduct and worked closely with Department components to maintain the integrity of Department operations.

We are gratified by the response we receive from the Department and Congress for our work as we seek to assist the Department in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations.

Finally, I want to thank the dedicated OIG staff who work diligently on a daily basis to fulfill the OIG's critical mission.

Glenn Fine's signature
Glenn A. Fine
Inspector General
October 31, 2004