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As of January 31, 2023, there are 4839 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 470 of these are priority recommendations, those that we believe warrant priority attention. Learn more about our priority designation on our Recommendations page.

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Information Management: Agencies Need to Streamline Electronic Services

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should establish a reasonable time frame for when the Department of Justice will be able to accept remote identity proofing with authentication, digitally accept access and consent forms from individuals who were properly identity proofed and authenticated, and post access and consent forms on the department's privacy program website. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Online Exploitation of Children: Department of Justice Leadership and Updated National Strategy Needed to Address Challenges

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that the department updates the National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction to fully address all statutory requirements, including appointment of a senior official, inclusion of all 19 statutory elements for the strategy, and issuance of the strategy every two years.
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Justice: Actions Needed to Better Track and Monitor Responses to Congressional Correspondence

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that ExecSec and OLA maintain readily available, accurate, and complete congressional correspondence data to track responses in DOJ's department-wide correspondence management system. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that ExecSec and OLA develop guidance on correspondence management system data quality. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that OLA develops department-wide goals and related performance measures for timeliness in responding to congressional correspondence. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Working Dogs: Federal Agencies Need to Better Address Health and Welfare

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Department of Justice The Attorney General should direct all of the Department of Justice's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Justice The Attorney General should direct all of the Department of Justice's agencies with contractor-managed working dog programs to ensure that all 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs are addressed, as appropriate, in future contracts. (Recommendation 10)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should incorporate privacy into an organizationwide risk management strategy that includes a determination of risk tolerance. (Recommendation 25)
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The Department of Justice did not concur with this recommendation, stating that its existing strategy documents address how it manages privacy risk, including a determination of risk tolerance. However, documentation provided by DOJ did not explicitly discuss the department's approach to determining privacy risk tolerance, including, for example, factors to be considered and acceptable amounts of risk. Accordingly, we continue to believe our recommendation is warranted. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Department of Justice The Attorney General should establish a time frame and fully develop and document a privacy continuous monitoring strategy. (Recommendation 26)
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The Department of Justice did not concur with this recommendation, stating that DOJ components must assess all security and privacy controls employed by an information system during initial authorization and assess a subset of controls during continuous monitoring on an ongoing basis. However, documentation provided by DOJ did not specify the frequency with which the department plans to assess each privacy control at the various risk management tiers. Accordingly, we continue to believe our recommendation is warranted. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify

Ransomware: Federal Agencies Provide Useful Assistance but Can Improve Collaboration

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Department of Justice The Attorney General should direct the Director of FBI to (1) evaluate how to best address concerns raised by SLTTs and facilitate collaboration with other key ransomware stakeholders and (2) improve interagency coordination on ransomware assistance to SLTTs. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Bank Secrecy Act: Action Needed to Improve DOJ Statistics on Use of Reports on Suspicious Financial Transactions

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Justice DOJ's Chief Information Officer, Chief Evaluation Officer and Chief Statistical Official should incorporate data on the use of BSA reports into their ongoing efforts to improve DOJ's data collection and infrastructure to determine if there are ways DOJ component agencies that use BSA reports could more consistently collect data described in NDAA section 6201. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Justice The Chief of MLARS should collaborate with DOJ's Chief Information Officer and Statistical Official in producing future section 6201 reports, and use their expertise to help ensure a rigorous methodology for report design and analyses. (Recommendation 2)
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Second Chance Reentry Grants: DOJ Should Report Limitations When Publishing Performance Data

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure published products that include Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2018 performance data clearly identify the limitations of those data. (Recommendation 1)
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Open Data: Additional Action Required for Full Public Access

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Department of Justice The Attorney General should, in coordination with the Chief Data Officer of the Department of Justice, develop and implement an agency-wide plan to host relevant challenges, competitions, events, or other open data related initiatives to create additional value from public data assets of the agency. (Recommendation 4)
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In June 2022, DOJ officials described their plans for implementing this recommendation. They told us that DOJ components have begun hosting internal workforce challenges, competitions, and events encouraging employees to present innovative data management ideas to enhance the execution of DOJ missions. In addition, DOJ officials said that the agency's Chief Data Officer, in consultation with the DOJ Data Governance Board and Data Architecture Working Group, is developing an agency-wide plan to formalize new initiatives, with the goal of creating additional value from DOJ's public data assets

Department of Justice The Attorney General should, in coordination with the Chief Data Officer of the Department of Justice, develop and implement an agency-wide plan to collect and publish information on the use of data assets by nongovernmental entities at least once a year. (Recommendation 5)
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In June 2022, DOJ officials noted that DOJ's Data Strategy plan already includes action for collecting and publishing information on the use of data assets by nongovernmental entities. The plan also includes an approach to expand the use of current DOJ web analytics tools to address this recommendation by the end of fiscal year 2022. We will continue to monitor DOJ actions taken in response to this recommendation

Law Enforcement: Federal Agencies Should Improve Reporting and Review of Less-Lethal Force

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Department of Justice The Attorney General should develop standards for its component agencies on the types of less-lethal force that should be reported when used. (Recommendation 3)
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Although the department updated its use of force policy in May 2022, the updated policy did not include standards for its component agencies on the types of less-lethal force that should be reported when used. However, as of August 2022, Department of Justice officials stated that as it implements the new policy, the department will continue to examine whether it needs further standards related to less-lethal force. We will continue to request updates from the department as it takes actions to address our recommendation.

Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women: New Efforts Are Underway but Opportunities Exist to Improve the Federal Response

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Department of Justice The Attorney General should develop a plan—including key steps, who will achieve them, and by when—for accomplishing ongoing analyses of data in existing federal databases and future data that may be gathered to identify relevant trends in cases of missing or murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women and areas of concern. (Recommendation 1)
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DOJ stated in its May 2022 letter that the agency has taken several actions towards addressing this recommendation. For example, in November 2021, the Assistant Attorney General created a steering committee specifically tasked with developing a strategy for conducting ongoing analyses of existing federal databases and future data that may be gathered. In addition, pursuant to Section 4(c) of Executive Order No. 14,053, DOJ, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services will submit a joint report to the President describing the strategy the agencies have developed

Department of Justice The Attorney General should develop a plan, including milestone dates, to develop and implement a dissemination strategy to educate the public about the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). (Recommendation 2)
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DOJ stated in its May 2022 letter that the agency has developed and implemented a dissemination strategy to educate the public about NamUs, but did not provide supporting documentation of these efforts.. The Department stated that supporting documentation of this action is forthcoming.

Department of Justice The Attorney General should develop a plan, including milestone dates, to conduct specific outreach to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations regarding the ability to publicly enter information regarding missing persons through NamUs or other non-law enforcement sensitive portal. (Recommendation 3)
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DOJ stated in its May 2022 letter that the agency has included such an outreach plan to Tribal Nations, Tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations in its public dissemination strategy, but did not provide supporting documentation. DOJ stated supporting documentation of this action is forthcoming.

Information Technology: Selected Federal Agencies Need to Take Additional Actions to Reduce Contract Duplication

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Justice The Attorney General should ensure that the Department of Justice fully implements the category management activity to reduce unaligned IT spending, by performing an analysis of alternatives to justify the agency's unaligned IT contracts. (Recommendation 9)
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In May 2021, the department reported that it expects to implement the recommendation by the second quarter of fiscal year 2022. We will continue to monitor the department's efforts to address our recommendation.

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