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Office on Violence Against Women's Administration Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Grant Administration due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The preliminary objectives are to assess: (1) the grant administration and monitoring during the pandemic and (2) the guidance and assistance provided to grant recipients for addressing any increased risks to effective program implementation and to violence against women.

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Audit of the Criminal Division's and the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys' Management and Coordination of Pandemic-related Fraud Allegations and Referrals

The Office of the Inspector General initiated an audit to examine the Criminal Division's and the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys' management and coordination of pandemic-related fraud allegations and referrals.

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Surveys of BOP Federal Prison Staff and Inmates

In addition to the three surveys of staff at BOP-managed institutions, contract prisons, and residential reentry centers that DOJ OIG conducted in 2020 regarding BOP’s COVID-19 pandemic response, DOJ OIG is also conducting two additional surveys in 2021: a second survey of BOP federal prison staff, and a new survey of inmates. 

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Review Examining BOP’s Use of Home Confinement as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has initiated a review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) use of home confinement as a tool to mitigate the effect of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the federal prison population.  The review will assess the BOP’s process for implementing the use of home confinement as authorized under the CARES Act, the process for its consideration of the eligibility criteria outlined in the Attorney General’s March 26 and April 3, 2020 memoranda, and the process by which BOP headquarters evaluated wardens’ recommendations that inmates who did not meet the Attorney General’s criteria be placed in home confinement.  The review will also select particular cases for examination to determine whether there were irregularities in the BOP’s processes.  If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.  The OIG is undertaking this review in response to requests from Members of Congress, and issues the OIG identified during the series of remote inspections it has conducted regarding the BOP’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Effects of Pandemic on Workforce and Operations: Litigation Component Surveys

The OIG is conducting two surveys to better understand the effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the workforce, coordination efforts, and cases.  One survey is of U.S. Attorneys Offices, the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Division, National Security Division, Antitrust Division, Tax Division, and Environmental and Natural Resources Division.  The second survey is specific to the Executive Office for Immigration Review because the OIG recognizes the distinct differences in EOIR's mission and responsibilities.

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Remote Inspections of Facilities Housing Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmates during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The OIG is conducting a capstone review analyzing the findings of 15 published remote inspection reports of 16 facilities housing BOP inmates during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and remaining challenges for the BOP during the pandemic and beyond.  These inspections assessed whether BOP-managed institutions, contract institutions, and contract Residential Reentry Centers complied with available guidance and best practices regarding preventing, managing, and containing potential COVID-19 outbreaks in correctional and residential reentry settings, and highlighted particular challenges faced by specific institutions.  In addition to the three surveys the OIG conducted in 2020 regarding BOP’s COVID-19 pandemic response, the OIG is also conducting two additional surveys in 2021 – a second survey of BOP federal prison staff and a new survey of inmates.    

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Review of the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs' Administration of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Funding

The Department of Justice OIG initiated a review of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding provided through the fiscal year 2020 Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Solicitation.  The preliminary objectives are to assess OJP's efforts to:  (1) distribute Coronavirus award funding in a timely and efficient manner, and (2) review pre-award activities to determine if Coronavirus awards were made in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and other guidelines.

Department of Justice OIG

Capstone Review of Findings From Remote Inspections of Facilities Housing Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmates during the COVID-19 Pandemic

DOJ OIG is conducting a capstone review analyzing the findings of 15 published remote inspection reports of 16 facilities housing BOP inmates during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and remaining challenges for the BOP during the pandemic and beyond.  These inspections assessed whether BOP-managed institutions, contract institutions, and contract Residential Reentry Centers complied with available guidance and best practices regarding preventing, managing, and containing potential COVID-19 outbreaks in correctional and residential reentry settings, and highlighted particular challenges faced by specific institutions.