In 1973 under Attorney General Elliot Richardson it was proposed to strengthen the departmentwide staff capability in the areas of management and finance by establishing the Office of Management and Finance. In 1979 a reorganization under Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti eliminated the Office of Management and Finance and created the Justice Management Division (JMD).
The mission of JMD is to provide advice to senior management officials relating to basic Department policy for budget and financial management, personnel management and training, procurement, equal employment opportunity, information processing, telecommunications, security, and all matters pertaining to organization, management, and administration.
The major functions of JMD are to:
- Conduct, direct, review, and evaluate management studies and surveys of the Department’s organizational structure, functions, programs, operating procedures, supporting systems, and management practices.
- Supervise, direct, and review the preparation, justification, and execution of the Department budget, including the coordination and control of the programming and reprogramming of funds.
- Review, analyze, and coordinate the Department’s programs and activities to ensure that the Department’s use of resources and estimates of future requirements are consistent with the policies, plans, and mission priorities of the Attorney General.
- Plan, direct, and coordinate departmentwide personnel management programs, and develop and issue departmentwide policy in all personnel program areas.
- Develop and direct departmentwide financial management policies, programs, procedures, and systems including financial accounting, planning, analysis, and reporting.
- Supervise and direct the operations of the Department's automated information services, publication services, library services and any other departmentwide central services which are established by or assigned to the JMD.
- Formulate and administer the General Administration Appropriation of the Department's budget.
- Develop and direct a departmentwide directives management program and administer the directives management system.
- Plan, direct, administer, and monitor compliance with departmentwide policies, procedures, and regulations concerning records, reports, procurement, printing, graphics, audiovisual activities (including the approval or disapproval of production and equipment requests), forms management, supply management, motor vehicles, real and personal property, space assignment and utilization, employee health and safety programs, and all other administrative services functions.
- Formulate Department policies, standards, and procedures for information systems and the management and use of automated data processing equipment.
- Formulate policies, standards, and procedures for Department telecommunications systems and equipment and review their implementation.
- Provide computer and digital telecommunications services on an equitable resource-sharing basis to all organizational units within the Department.
- Direct all Department security programs including personnel, physical, document, information processing and telecommunications, special intelligence, and formulate and implement Department defense mobilization and contingency planning.
- Review legislation for potential impact on the Department's resources.
- Establish policy and procedures related to debt collection.
- Develop, direct, coordinate, and monitor compliance with departmentwide policies and programs for implementing an effective and viable equal employment opportunity program that includes affirmative employment initiatives and procedures for the timely and equitable processing of discrimination complaints.
- Manage the Department’s Assets Forfeiture Fund, including interpreting the Assets Forfeiture Fund statute, implementing and operating the Consolidated Asset Tracking System, managing both internal and external budget processes regarding Assets Forfeiture Fund monies, and managing the investment of surplus balances in the Assets Forfeiture Fund and the Seized Asset Deposit Fund.
- Direct the Department’s ethics program by administering the ethics laws and regulations and coordinating the work of the deputy ethics officials throughout the Department. This includes issuing advice, providing ethics briefings, and reviewing financial disclosure reports.