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Ongoing Work

Office of Justice Programs’ Crime Victims Fund

The OIG initiated an audit of the Office of Justice Programs’ Crime Victims Fund (CVF), which was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to provide assistance and grants for victim services throughout the nation. Funding for the CVF is generated from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalties, and special assessments collected from offenders convicted of federal crimes. The OIG will conduct a risk assessment of OJP’s management of the CVF with a preliminary objective to assess the risk associated with managing funding increases.

Superfund Activities in the Environment and Natural Resources Division

The OIG initiated an audit of the fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014 Superfund activities relating to the costs incurred by the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) in litigating Superfund cases. The objective of the audit is to determine if the ENRD provided an equitable distribution of total labor costs, other direct costs, and indirect costs to Superfund cases during FY 2013 and FY 2014.

Review of the OJJDP Title II Formula Grant Program

The OIG initiated a review of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Title II Formula Grants Program, which provides funding directly to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to help implement comprehensive state juvenile justice plans based on needs studies for delinquency prevention and intervention efforts, as well as juvenile justice system improvements. The objectives include assessing compliance with Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act protections and requirements.

Office of Justice Programs' Reporting and Use of Program Income by DNA Backlog Reduction Grantees

The OIG initiated an audit of the Office of Justice Programs' reporting of program income by DNA Backlog Reduction grantees. Our preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine how OJP managed DNA Backlog Reduction grantees’ collection and use of program income; and (2) determine if grantees are accurately reporting and appropriately using program income.

Oversight of Asset Seizure Activities

The OIG is examining the Department’s oversight of asset seizure activities, with a focus on assessing the scope of federal seizure operations and the success rate of those actions, as well as the nature and extent of Department-organized or funded asset seizure training initiatives. The OIG’s review will cover the policies, practices, documentation, and outcomes of these activities and training programs for FY 2007 through FY 2014.

Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands Program

The Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands (CSCATL) Program funds the planning and construction or renovation of tribal justice facilities and also supports community-based alternatives to incarceration for offenders committing alcohol and other substance abuse–related crime. The BJA administers the CSCATL Program in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior which, with tribal grantees, is responsible for supporting, operating, and maintaining the correctional facilities. The OIG’s audit will assess OJP’s management and oversight of the CSCATL Program, including the contracting activities of program grantees, and determine the extent of OJP’s cooperation and coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to ensure efficient and effective correctional services in Indian Country.

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Programs

PSOB Programs provide education and death benefits to eligible survivors of federal, state, or local public safety officers, as the direct result of death or catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty. The audit will assess the process used by the PSOB to make determinations for death and disability claims, paying particular attention to claims for which no initial determination had been made within 1 year of the claim’s initiation.

Pre-trial Diversion and Drug Court Programs

Pre-trial diversion and drug court programs are alternatives to incarceration that enable prosecutors, judges, and correctional officials to divert certain offenders from traditional criminal justice proceedings into programs designed to address the underlying cause for criminal behavior. This OIG audit will evaluate the design and implementation of the programs, variances in the usage of the programs among the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and costs savings associated with successful program participants.

USAO Debt Collection

The OIG is examining the efforts of the USAOs and EOUSA to collect criminal and civil debts. The OIG is reviewing the process for collecting criminal and civil debts, the process for classifying debts as uncollectible, and other activities associated with debt collection.

The Department’s Use of Extended Temporary Duty Travel

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.

Updated: April 2015

OIG Mission

To detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.

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