The OIG initiated a review to examine the Department of Justice’s oversight of asset seizure activities, focusing on assessing the scope of federal seizure activities and the success rate of those actions, as well as the nature and extent of Department-organized or funded asset seizure training initiatives. Our review will cover the policies, practices, documentation, and outcomes of these activities and training programs.
The OIG initiated an audit of one of the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories. The audit will assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the laboratory’s performance and the effectiveness of its outreach and partnership with the law enforcement community. In addition, the audit will evaluate the laboratory’s case management system and its efforts to address its service request backlog.
The OIG is evaluating the FBI’s implementation of its Next Generation Cyber Initiative, which is intended to enhance the FBI’s ability to combat cyber intrusions.
The OIG is again examining the FBI’s use of Section 215 orders for business records. Among other issues, the review is assessing the FBI’s progress in responding to the OIG’s recommendations in its 2007 and 2008 reports on the FBI’s use of Section 215 authority. The review is also examining the number of Section 215 applications filed by the FBI between 2007 and 2009, and any improper or illegal uses of these authorities. In addition, the OIG is conducting a review to evaluate the FBI’s use of its pen register and trap-and-trace authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The OIG is reviewing the FBI’s use of information derived from the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of telephony metadata obtained from certain telecommunications service providers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The review will examine the FBI’s procedures for receiving, processing, and disseminating leads the NSA develops from the metadata, and any changes that have been made to these procedures over time. The review will also examine how FBI field offices respond to leads, and the scope and type of information field offices collect as a result of any investigative activity that is initiated. In addition, the review will examine the role the leads have had in FBI counterterrorism efforts.
The OIG is examining the Department’s and five components’ policies, guidance, and training governing the off-duty conduct of employees on official travel or assignment in foreign countries. The five components in the review are ATF, Criminal Division, DEA, FBI, and USMS.
The OIG is examining the nature, frequency, reporting, investigation, and adjudication of sexual misconduct (including the transmission of sexually explicit text messages and images) where the conduct potentially affected the workplace or the security of operations within ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The OIG is also reviewing whether these law enforcement components can effectively address allegations of sexual misconduct in a consistent manner.
The OIG is auditing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which provides criminal background checks in support of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. The OIG will evaluate the effectiveness of processes related to the FBI’s referral of denials to ATF; ATF’s initial screening and referral of denials to its field offices for investigation; ATF field offices’ investigation of denials; and the U.S. Attorney Offices’ prosecution of crimes associated with denials.
The OIG is auditing the Department’s Use of Extended Temporary Duty Travel (TDY). The preliminary objectives of the audit are to evaluate whether the Department, specifically the FBI, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Offices and Executive Office for United States Attorneys, and National Security Division: (1) are making appropriate use of extended TDY, (2) have sound extended TDY policies and practices that promote cost effectiveness, and (3) have adequate tracking systems and documentation for extended TDY expenditures.