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The Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT) achieves efficiencies, effectiveness and operational synergies by driving infrastructure modernization and process improvement with the detention community and JPATS by leading cross-government solutions among all participating agencies.

Information Technology | Procurement
Detention Standards and Compliance

Information Technology

OFDT develops and maintains automated solutions for the purpose of driving efficiencies within the Federal detention community. Dealing with multiple detention agencies with disparate and incompatible legacy IT systems and capabilities is challenging. Many of the IT solutions used by these agencies are either manual or were created without a strategic vision for a unified national solution.

OFDT brings a national IT vision to the federal detention community by implementing enterprise solutions which can integrate with agenciesí legacy IT environments. This enterprise IT strategy aligns the operational needs of the federal detention community. It leverages the capabilities of the legacy environment and will assist in streamlining federal detention operations and reduce operational costs.

The table below describes the major web-based applications OFDT has developed and currently manages in support of the federal detention community.

Major OFDT Applications

Read an Overview of OFDT's Major Detention Applications


OFDT is responsible for the negotiating and award of contracts issued in support of OFDT operational needs. The United States Department of Justice acquires detention bed space to house pretrial detainees through Intergovernmental Agreements with state and local governments and contracts with private vendors.

OFDT is responsible for providing oversight of detention management and for improving and coordinating detention activities of Federal agencies involved in contracting for detention services to ensure consistent methods are used. It also handles contract actions required for a full range of detention services acquisitions including contracts for guard, medical, transportation services, and detention services, augmenting the efforts of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

On November 18, 2007, OFDT implemented a new web-based electronic Intergovernmental Agreement (eIGA) system. The USMS and OFDT now process all IGAs with state and local jail facilities through eIGA.

Detention Standards and Compliance

In addition to providing oversight of all OFDT awarded private detention facility contracts housing United States Marshals Service (USMS) detainees, OFDT maintains a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) to ensure these facilities and those state and local facilities operating under Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) and housing an average daily population of 480 or more USMS detainees operate in a safe, secure, and humane manner. The QAP is a synergy of components including: Quality Assurance Reviews (QARs), Technical Evaluation Board (TEB) Functions, Pre-Occupancy Reviews, Contract Monitoring Instrument (Private Facilities), Monitoring Instrument (IGA Facilities), Follow-Up Reviews, After Action Reviews, and the Facility Review Management System (FRMS)


Updated: August 2013
General Information Office of the Federal Detention Trustee

NOTE: On October 1, 2012 the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee merged with the United States Marshals Service (USMS). This web site will no longer be maintained. The documents that are currently on this site may contain dated information. They remain available to provide access to historical materials.

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