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.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) established the Solving Cold Cases with DNA Grant Program to encourage the analysis of DNA samples from unsolved crimes once thought to be unsuitable for testing. The audit will evaluate the NIJ’s implementation and oversight of this program.
The OIG is examining whether the Criminal Division’s Office of Enforcement Operations is complying with the statutory requirements found in 18 U.S.C. § 3521(d)(1) and (f) pertaining to the memoranda of understanding the Attorney General must enter into with participants in the Department’s Witness Security Program, and to the removal of inmate participants from the program.
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.
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 OIG is examining the efforts of OJP, BOP, USMS, and FBI to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 since publication of the Department’s National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape.
The Crime Victims Fund (CVF), administered by the Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC), was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 and is a major funding source for victim services throughout the United States. The current audit objectives are to assess EOUSA’s accounting and financial reporting of the CVF funds for FYs 2009 through 2011, and evaluate the FBI’s, EOUSA’s, and USAOs’ victim services supported by CVF funding.
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.
The OIG is examining the Fees and Expenses of Witnesses appropriation, which, among other things, provides funding for costs associated with the provision of testimony on behalf of the federal government, largely for expert witness testimony. Expert witness funds are centrally managed by JMD’s budget staff and allocated to the General Legal Activities account and EOUSA for the administration of the expert’s fees and expenses. Expert witness compensation rates are evaluated and agreed upon by the responsible Department attorney. The audit will determine the Department’s compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and Department guidance, and assess internal controls over the expert witness expenditures.