Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2006-March 31, 2007
Office of the Inspector General

Top Management and Performance Challenges

The OIG has created a list of top management and performance 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 current list of top challenges, issued in October 2006, is below. The challenges are not presented in order of priority – we believe that all are critical management and performance 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.

Many of the challenges from last year’s list remain and are long-standing, difficult challenges that will not be solved quickly or easily. However, we removed the challenges of “Department and FBI Intelligence-Related Reorganizations” and “Judicial Security” from the 2005 list, combined “Information Technology Security” with “Information Technology Systems Planning and Implementation,” and added the challenges of “Cybercrime,” “Violent Crime,” and “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.”

Top Management and Performance Challenges in the Department of Justice – 2006

  1. Counterterrorism
  2. Sharing of Intelligence and Law Enforcement Information
  3. Information Technology Planning, Implementation, and Security
  4. Violent Crime
  5. Financial Management and Systems
  6. Detention and Incarceration
  7. Supply and Demand for Drugs
  8. Grant Management
  9. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  10. Cybercrime

Detailed information about these management and performance challenges can be found online at

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