Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2005-September 30, 2005
Office of the Inspector General

Top Management Challenges

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.

The OIG's list of top challenges for this year, issued in October 2005, is below. The challenges are not presented in order of priority - we believe that all are critical management issues facing the Department. However, it is clear that the top challenge facing the Department is its ongoing response to the threat of terrorism. Several other top challenges are closely related to and impact directly on the Department's counterterrorism efforts.

Eight of the challenges from last year's list remain and are long-standing, difficult challenges that will not be solved quickly or easily. However, two challenges from last year's list have been replaced by two other challenges. We removed "Human Capital" and "Forensic Laboratories" this year and added two new challenges: "Department and FBI Intelligence-Related Reorganizations" and "Judicial Security."

Top Management and Performance Challenges in the Department of Justice - 2005

  1. Counterterrorism
  2. Sharing of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Information
  3. Department and FBI Intelligence-Related Reorganizations
  4. Information Technology Systems Planning and Implementation
  5. Information Technology Security
  6. Financial Management and Systems
  7. Grant Management
  8. Detention and Incarceration
  9. Judicial Security
  10. Supply and Demand for Drugs

Detailed information about these management challenges can be found at

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