Justice and Law Enforcement:

Internal Audit Coverage of Financial Matters in the Department of Justice

FGMSD-77-28: Published: May 13, 1977. Publicly Released: May 13, 1977.

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A review of the Department of Justice audit operations concentrated on the Internal Audit Staff, one of three audit organizations in Justice.

The staff's primary emphasis was on the Federal Prison System, although it represented only 14 percent of Justice's fiscal year 1976 appropriations. Only 11 of 160 audit reports dealt with the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, mainly because they have their own audit groups. Limited coverage was provided for other Justice agencies. More coverage was thought to be needed for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. DEA disclosed plans for forming its own audit group. GAO questioned the advisability of this move, citing the advantages of a centralized organization.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Attorney General was asked to consider whether a new audit organization was needed or whether additional personnel should be provided to increase coverage for DEA.

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