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Recommendation: To better ensure that DOJ is fulfilling its commitment to improving efficiency in handling these complaints, DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (DOJ-OPR), Office of the Inspector General, OARM, and ODAG should jointly assess the impact of ongoing and planned efforts to reduce the duration of FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints throughout the entire investigation, adjudication, and appeal process to ensure that these changes are in fact shortening total complaint length, without sacrificing quality.
Agency: Department of Justice: Office of Inspector General Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: DOJ agreed with this recommendation but, as of September 2019, has not taken steps to fully address it. In January 2018, DOJ-OIG officials told us that they participate at least twice a year, with OARM, DOJ-OPR, and the FBI Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs in efforts to assess and improve the FBI Whistleblower Mediation Program. In addition, in September 2019, DOJ officials told us that OARM, DOJ-OIG, and DOJ-OPR officials meet annually to review case statistics and discuss possible ways to streamline the investigative and adjudicative processes. This is the type of action called for in the recommendation, but to fully address this recommendation, DOJ would need to assess the impact of ongoing and planned efforts to reduce the duration of FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints throughout the entire complaint process, including the investigation, adjudication and appeal.