Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Justice's protection of classified and sensitive documents, focusing on the: (1) security compliance review activities of the Security Compliance Review Group (SCRG); (2) Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) nightly security inspections of its headquarters building; and (3) controls placed on classified documents sent between the Justice and FBI headquarters buildings.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Justice||1. The Attorney General should direct SCRG to explore other alternatives for selecting and conducting the number of security compliance reviews done each year. For example, internal inspections reports and security violations summaries done by Justice components could be used by SCRG in its deliberations on what locations should be reviewed, and when and to what extent, thereby maximizing the use of its limited resources.|
|Department of Justice||2. The Attorney General should direct FBI to continue to work with SCRG in its efforts to review other FBI facilities to ensure that all FBI facilities are in full compliance with Justice security policies and procedures.|
|Department of Justice||3. The Attorney General should direct FBI to begin imposing disciplinary actions for security violations in accordance with its own internal guidelines.|
|Department of Justice||4. The Attorney General should direct both the Justice and FBI mail management units to more strictly enforce the established procedures for sending classified documents through the interoffice courier mail systems.|