The Combined DNA Index System
Report No. 01-26
September 17, 2001
Office of the Inspector General
As required by Government Auditing Standards, we tested FBI records pertaining to CODIS and CODIS records at the national, state, and local indexes to obtain reasonable assurance about the FBI's compliance with laws and regulations, that, if not complied with, we believe could have a material effect on CODIS operations. Compliance with laws and regulations applicable to CODIS records at the national index level is the responsibility of FBI management. In addition, we reviewed pertinent LIP grant documents to obtain reasonable assurance about the NIJ's compliance with laws and regulations, that, if not complied with, we believe could have a material effect on the administration of the LIP. Compliance with laws and regulations applicable to qualifying LIP applicants for grant eligibility and to the administration of the LIP grants is the responsibility of NIJ management. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence about compliance with laws and regulations. The pertinent legislation and the specific regulations it contains are as follows:
DNA Identification Act of 1994
The DNA Identification Act of 1994:
Privacy Act of 1974
The Privacy Act of 1974 required the FBI to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning the proposal to establish a new system of records (specifically the national index system).
The Coverdell Amendment required the Attorney General to submit an implementation plan for collecting DNA samples from federal convicted sex offenders.
Our tests revealed that the FBI complied with all applicable legislation. As discussed in Finding No. 3, we noted that the NIJ did not comply with the DNA Identification Act of 1994 because one grantee received two grants that did not require it to provide matching funds.