Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2007-March 31, 2008
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 November 2007, is presented below. The challenges are not listed 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.

This year’s list added the challenge of “Restoring Confidence in the Department of Justice.” The Department has faced significant criticism of its actions that has affected the morale of Department employees and the public confidence in the decisions of Department leaders. This turmoil, combined with numerous high-level vacancies, created a significant challenge for Department leaders to reestablish public confidence in the independence and integrity of the Department, which is why this challenge was added to the list.

Top Management and Performance Challenges in the Department of Justice — 2007

  1. Counterterrorism
  2. Sharing of Intelligence and Law Enforcement Information
  3. Information Technology Planning, Implementation, and Security
  4. Financial Management and Systems
  5. Grant Management
  6. Detention and Incarceration
  7. Violent Crime
  8. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  9. Cybercrime
  10. Restoring Confidence in the Department of Justice

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

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