Department of Justice:

Office of Professional Responsibility's Case-Handling Procedures

OSI-95-8: Published: Mar 31, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), focusing on: (1) whether prior GAO recommendations on OPR had been implemented; and (2) OPR handling of referrals.

GAO found that: (1) in response to GAO recommendations, OPR has established new standards for investigating and documenting cases and for case file reviews to identify systemic problems in Justice procedures and operations, but these standards only apply to those cases that OPR actually investigates; (2) the application of OPR investigation and documentation standards has been questionable in some cases; (3) OPR has not established procedures for following up on investigations by other Justice components and it has inconsistently monitored and supervised such investigations; (4) OPR has no formal referral procedures with any Justice component except the Office of Inspector General (OIG); and (5) most referrals of potential fraud, waste, and abuse from the GAO Hotline concerning Justice go directly to OIG.

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